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    Uniform is a way of organising your front-end CoffeeScript. You describe individual components of your application as Uniform classes. They can be used for delegating events, describing behaviour and handle the building of elements.

    For example a contact form could have AJAX behaviour described as a Uniform class.

    # Let's describe a contact form 
    class ContactForm extends Uniform
      # The HTML template 
      template: (built) -> built """
      # We cache some children to properties on this object 
      elements: (add) ->
      # We delegate the submit event to @sendResponse() 
      events: (add) ->
        # attach submit event to @el 
        add 'submit'(el, e) ->
      # Do the sending :) 
      send_response: ->
        $.post 'index.html'msg: @msg=>
    # Initialise 
    jQuery ->
      form = new ContactForm

    You can also use your view models on elements already in the DOM like so:

    # Or use on an existing element 
    jQuery -> new ContactForm(el: $('#contact'))

    CoffeeScript in the browser?

    Uniform is best used in compiled CoffeeScript browser environments. Since Uniform is a CoffeeScript class it is easiest to extend and use it if your front end code is also CoffeeScript.

    Use it how you like though.


    • Can build it's own element using a template
    • Can hook onto existing elements in the DOM instead of using a previously defined template
    • Can delegate events of child elements and directly attach events to itself
    • Can cache jQuery objects so that you don't have to
    • Can be used with AMD or simply included in your HTML

    Getting a copy

    You can simply use the JS found in the dist folder of the Uniform git repo https://github.com/DrPheltRight/uniform.


    Clone the repository https://github.com/DrPheltRight/uniform.git and then run "cake build" to make a fresh copy of Uniform.

    Future developments

    • v0.5.x will see the introduction of a JS interface for Uniform. A current example can be found in: https://github.com/DrPheltRight/uniform/blob/develop/examples/js-example/todo.js

    • Since we have added the add() syntax for events we can now remove the need for a blank string to indicate placing the listening directly on @el. The only thing that would break is the object syntax which as of v0.5.x is deprecated and will be remove in v0.6.x. So as of v0.6.x I will:

      • remove the object syntax from events and elements
      • remove the blank string syntax to put it in line with jQuery's use of a blank string (match all elements)




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