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    The ui-driver is helper that simplifies the connecting of material-components (React form components) or snabbdom-material (snabbdom form components) to cerebral. It automates signals, validation, i18n and more to simplify and reduce repetative code in React and snabbdom form components.


    When the user interface is pure and all app state is managed centrally, hooking up all data and events between the user interface components and controller can be a tedious task. Take the example of a pure select component that renders labels and error messages.

      message="Please select"

    Whist not complicated, we need to hookup the selected value, list items and onChange events. But becuase this Select control does a little more we also need to hookup the label, error status and message. Finally, since this is a pure component, we also need to pass the isOpen state and handle the onOpen and onClose events which toggle the isOpen state.

    What you also don't see is the work that each event handler must do, which can ammount to 2 or 3 times as much code again. And for some controlls where we need to do validation, such as email inputs or password complixity checks, this can add up to much more.

    Imagine now that we have a form with 10 or even 20 of these components. Together with other markup and event handling we have a lot of repetative typing to do. What if instead of manually hooking up the properties and events we could just do the following:

    <Select ...bindings.selectProps('options', options)/>

    This is the ui-driver. All background event handling is built-in as well as field and form level validation.


    Let's take the example of a sign-in form.

    // signin component
    import React, { Component, PropTypes } from 'react';
    import { Decorator as State } from 'cerebral-react';
    import { Form, Button, Input, Row, Col } from 'material-components';
    import driver from 'ui-driver';
    import i18n from 'i18n-lib';
    // create an instance of the form driver that is bound to the /signin object
    // in the state tree
    const formDriver = driver.createForm(['signin']);
    // the form driver will generate the neccessary cerebral properties that it
    // needs
      locale: ['locale']
    }, formDriver.state()))
    export default class Signin extends Component {
      render() {
        const {
        } = this.props;
        // This is an optional translation library, without this the field labels
        // and error messages can be defined directly on each binding.
        // We use messageformat (, but
        // any object t that has function properties that return a string should
        // work (eg t.emailLabel() => 'Email')
        const t = i18n(locale, 'signin');
        // create the bindings by passing the current state, signals and optional t
        // to the form driver
        const bindings = formDriver.getBindings({ state: this.props, signals, t });
        // create the form, notice the formDriver.getValidationData() that is
        // passed to the onSubmit signal, this will gather all form data and pass
        // it to the ui-driver actions for validaton purposes
        return (
            style={{ marginTop: '30px' }}
            onSubmit={() => signals.signinRequested(formDriver.getValidationData())}
            <Input ...bindings.inputEmailProps('email', { required: true })/>
            <Input ...bindings.inputPasswordProps('password', { required: true })/>
            <Button type="submit">{t.submitButton()}</Button>

    The ui-driver also provides two actions that you can use in your signals to validate submitted forms and to clear the driver data after the form editing has completed.

    // signin signal
    import controller from './path/to/cerebral/controller';
    import ajax from './path/to/actions/ajax';
    import showSnackbar from './path/to/actions/showSnackbar';
    import stateToOutput from 'cerebral-addons/stateToOutput';
    import { validateForm, resetFormDriver } from 'ui-driver/actions';
    controller.signal('signinRequested', [
      validateForm, { // validateForm accepts all data passed by the onSubmit signal
                      // and outputs success or error paths
        success: [
          stateToOutput('signin', 'data'),
          ['/api/signin'), {
            success: [
              resetFormDriver('signin') // tidy up the temp driver form data
                                        // from the central state tree
            error: [
        error: showSnackbar('signin', 'hasValidationErrors')


    one time

    The ui-driver has some internal signals that must be registered with your cerebral controller.

    import controller from './path/to/cerebral/controller';
    import registerSignals from 'ui-driver/registerSignals';

    per form

    // static for the form
    const formDriver = driver.createForm(['signin']);

    The state path passed to form is where all form field values will be stored by name.

    // component definition (react)
      locale: ['locale']
    }, formDriver.state()))
    export default class Signin extends Component {
      // ...
    // component definition (snabbdom)
    export default Component(formDriver.state(), ({
    }) => {
      // ...
    // at the start of the form render
    const bindings = formDriver.getBindings({
      state,   // cerebral state defined by 'formDriver.state()'
      signals, // cerebral signals
      t,       // optional - translation function
      props   // optional - custom props to pass to all bindings

    Supported Bindings

    ui-driver currently supports the following bindings:


    Field value must be a bool

    checkboxProps('fieldName', {
      label: 'checkbox' // optional unless t is not given


    Field must be a date

    inputDateProps('fieldName', {
      label: 'date',   // optional unless t is not given
      required: true,  // optional
      dateFormat: 'L', // optional, momentjs date format defaults to 'L'
      messages: {      // optional, taken from t when given, defaults are shown
        invalid: 'invalid',
        required: 'required'


    Field must be a string

    inputEmailProps('fieldName', {
      label: 'email',  // optional unless t is not given
      required: true,  // optional
      messages: {      // optional, taken from t when given, defaults are shown
        invalid: 'invalid',
        required: 'required'


    Field must be a string, field must === comparisonValue to validate

    inputEqualsProps('fieldName', comparisonValue, {
      label: 'Confirm',      // optional unless t is not given
      inputType: 'password', // optional
      messages: {            // optional, taken from t when given, default is shown
        invalid: 'invalid'


    Field must be a string

    inputProps('fieldName', {
      label: 'name',  // optional unless t is not given
      required: true, // optional
      messages: {     // optional, taken from t when given, defaults are shown
        invalid: 'invalid',
        required: 'required'
      signalData: {   // optional, validation params
        maxLength: 10


    Field must be an int

    inputIntProps('fieldName', {
      label: 'age',   // optional unless t is not given
      required: true, // optional
      messages: {     // optional, taken from t when given, defaults are shown
        invalid: 'invalid',
        required: 'required'


    Menu consists of two bindings, one for the element that will open the menu (eg button) and one for the menu element itself.

    menuOpenProps('menuName', {
      eventType: 'onTouchTap' // optional, defaults to 'onTouchTap'


    Field must be a string

    inputPasswordProps('fieldName', {
      label: 'password',   // optional unless t is not given
      required: true,      // optional
      checkStrength: true, // optional
      messages: {          // optional, taken from t when given, defaults are shown
        invalid: 'invalid',
        required: 'required'
      signalData: {        // optional, password strength
        minLength = 8,     // config - defaults are shown
        maxLength = 128,
        minPhraseLength = 20,
        minPassingTests = 3,
        tests = [


    Field can be of any type but the selected value in the options collection must === the field value

    options = [
      { value: 1, label: t['oneLabel']() }
    selectProps('fieldName', options, {
      label: 'options' // optional unless t is not given


    Field must be an int which represents minutes from start of day

    inputTimeProps('fieldName', {
      label: 'time',      // optional unless t is not given
      required: true,     // optional
      timeFormat: 'H:mm', // optional, momentjs time format defaults to 'H:mm'
      messages: {         // optional, taken from t when given, defaults are shown
        invalid: 'invalid',
        required: 'required'

    Side Effects

    Sometimes changing one form field has side effects on other parts of the form. With ui-driver this can be handled by SideEffects.

    // register a side affects handler for a specific form and field
    import driver from 'ui-driver';
    driver.registerSideEffect('formName', 'fieldName', function sideEffectFunction(field, value, state) {
      // field: contains all kinds of data about the field that has been changed
      // value: is the new value of the changing field (the value in the state is updated
      //        after the sideEffect has executed
      // state: is the cerebral state object provided to the syncronouse validateForm action,
      //        use this to apply any side effects to the central state


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    • npm install
    • npm run dev runs dev mode which watches for changes and auto lints, tests and builds
    • npm test runs the tests
    • npm run lint lints the code
    • npm run build compiles es6 to es5


    npm i ui-driver

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