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React Native Form Generator

Generate forms with native look and feel in a breeze

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react-native-form-generator

Components

  • Picker
  • DatePicker
  • TimePicker
  • Input
  • Link
  • Separator
  • Switch

Features

  • Android and IOS support, Yeah Baby!
  • Pleasant Defaults, totally overridable
  • Doesn't have dependencies
  • Use your own icon pack
  • Easy to use and clean, react style syntax
  • Automatic events handling
  • Supports custom fields and styles without adding any weird syntax (just create a react component)
  • Applies by default the current OS style
  • Inspired by tcomb, the good parts
  • Performances: just the field changed gets a setState
  • You don't need to create a 'Model' or a 'Struct' that contains your data, just create a form component (the React's way)
  • Validate InputFields based on keyboardType (can be overridden using validationFunction)
  • Multiple validators
  • Reset/Set Fields programmatically (setValue, setDate, setTime, focus)
  • Custom Wrapper for Picker & DatePicker Components (iOS Only)

My blogpost about React Native Form Generator

Installation

    npm install --save react-native-form-generator

I'm actively working on this project

  • Pull requests are very very welcome. They make my day ;).
  • Master should be considered 'unstable' even if I do my best to keep it nice and safe.
  • Every release has its own branch.
  • Slider hasn't been created.
  • I have to document the code properly and do some housekeeping, i apologize in advance.

Example

Please check the folder examples for an always up to date use case.

the example below generates the form you see in the animation

/*
This is a view i use in a test app,
very useful to list all the use cases
*/

import React from 'react';

import {
  AppRegistry,
  StyleSheet,
  Text,
  View,ScrollView,
} from 'react-native';


import { Form,
  Separator,InputField, LinkField,
  SwitchField, PickerField,DatePickerField,TimePickerField
} from 'react-native-form-generator';

export class FormView extends React.Component{
  constructor(props){
    super(props);
    this.state = {
      formData:{}
    }
  }
  handleFormChange(formData){
    /*
    formData will contain all the values of the form,
    in this example.

    formData = {
    first_name:"",
    last_name:"",
    gender: '',
    birthday: Date,
    has_accepted_conditions: bool
    }
    */

    this.setState({formData:formData})
    this.props.onFormChange && this.props.onFormChange(formData);
  }
  handleFormFocus(e, component){
    //console.log(e, component);
  }
  openTermsAndConditionsURL(){

  }
  render(){
    return (<ScrollView keyboardShouldPersistTaps={true} style={{paddingLeft:10,paddingRight:10, height:200}}>
      <Form
        ref='registrationForm'
        onFocus={this.handleFormFocus.bind(this)}
        onChange={this.handleFormChange.bind(this)}
        label="Personal Information">
        <Separator />
        <InputField
          ref='first_name'
          label='First Name'
          placeholder='First Name'
          helpText={((self)=>{

            if(Object.keys(self.refs).length !== 0){
              if(!self.refs.registrationForm.refs.first_name.valid){
                return self.refs.registrationForm.refs.first_name.validationErrors.join("\n");
              }

            }
            // if(!!(self.refs && self.refs.first_name.valid)){
            // }
          })(this)}
          validationFunction={[(value)=>{
            /*
            you can have multiple validators in a single function or an array of functions
             */

            if(value == '') return "Required";
            //Initial state is null/undefined
            if(!value) return true;
            // Check if First Name Contains Numbers
            var matches = value.match(/\d+/g);
            if (matches != null) {
                return "First Name can't contain numbers";
            }

            return true;
          }, (value)=>{
            ///Initial state is null/undefined
            if(!value) return true;
            if(value.indexOf('4')!=-1){
              return "I can't stand number 4";
            }
            return true;
          }]}
          />
        <InputField ref='last_name' placeholder='Last Name'/>
        <InputField
          multiline={true}
          ref='other_input'
          placeholder='Other Input'
          helpText='this is an helpful text it can be also very very long and it will wrap' />
        <Separator />
        <LinkField label="test test test" onPress={()=>{}}/>
        <SwitchField label='I accept Terms & Conditions'
          ref="has_accepted_conditions"
          helpText='Please read carefully the terms & conditions'/>
        <PickerField ref='gender'
          label='Gender'
          options={{
            "": '',
            male: 'Male',
            female: 'Female'
          }}/>
          <DatePickerField ref='birthday'
          minimumDate={new Date('1/1/1900')}
          maximumDate={new Date()}
          placeholder='Birthday'/>
        <TimePickerField ref='alarm_time'
      placeholder='Set Alarm'/>
        <DatePickerField ref='meeting'
          minimumDate={new Date('1/1/1900')}
          maximumDate={new Date()} mode="datetime" placeholder='Meeting'/>
        </Form>
        <Text>{JSON.stringify(this.state.formData)}</Text>

      </ScrollView>);
    }
  }

Form

Form automatically attaches on change events so you just have to attach an handle to the onFocus attibute of Form to monitor all the changes.

It's just a wrapper that allows you to attach onFocus (used to track focus events and keyboard events) and onChange (used to track changes in every field)

Fields

Common Rules

  • Every field that has to propagate its value in the form MUST have a ref attribute. (Separator and LinkField don't have a ref). Check the example to understand the use of the ref attribute.
  • All the components provided use Field as wrapper in order to have the following props.
Prop (parameters) Description
helpText String shown as text under the component
helpTextComponent Custom component that replaces the one provided
onPress onPress method

Separator

  <Separator
    label="Example" // optional: if present it will show the text
    />

InputField

Input fields can be used to receive text, you can add icons (a react component) to the left and the right side of the field.

InputField can validate values based on keyboardType property, validation is not "aggressive", just changes a value inside the class, you can access the value using the ref (ex. this.ref.example_input_field.valid).
InputField automatically provides the attibutes valid and validationErrors to guarantee full control to the developer.

you can customize your validation function by adding a validationFunction prop to the component. validationFunction supports also an array of validators.

Creating a validator

Validators are simple functions have one paramenter (value) and that return true or a string containing an error.

let workingValidator = (value)=>{
  if(value == '') return "Required";
  //Initial state is null/undefined
  if(!value) return true;
  var matches = value.match(/\d+/g);
  if (matches != null) {
    return "First Name can't contain numbers";
  }

  return true;
}

react-native-form-generator doesn't depend on any icon library, that gives you freedom of adding any icon or react component you want.

look at the example here.

react-native-form-generator-inputfield

  <InputField
    label='Example' // if label is present the field is rendered with the value on the left (see First Name example in the gif), otherwise its rendered with textinput at full width (second name in the gif).
    ref='example_input_field' // used in onChange event to collect the value
    value='default_value' // used as initial value
    keyboardType = '' // undefined, 'email-address',
    validationFunction = {(value)=>{return true;}}
    iconRight={
      <Icon name='checkmark-circled'
        size={30}
        style={[
          {marginTop:7, color:"#61d062" },
          ((self)=>{
            //i can change the style of the component related to the attibute of example_input_field
            if(!!(self.refs && self.refs.example_input_field)){
              if(!self.refs.example_input_field.valid) return {color:'#d52222'}
            }
            }
          )(this)]}
        />
    }  //React Component
    />

All the props are passed down to the underlying TextInput Component

Prop (parameters) Description
label Text to show in the field, if exists will move the textinput on the right, providing also the right alignment
iconLeft React component, shown on the left of the field, the component needs to have a prop size to allow the inputText to resize properly
iconRight React component, shown on the right of the field, the component needs to have a prop size to allow the inputText to resize properly
validationFunction Function or array of functions, used to pass custom validators to the component
keyboardType possible values: undefined, email-address
ref methods Description
setValue Sets the value programmatically
focus Focus the textinput component

SwitchField

Prop (parameters) Description
onValueChange(value) triggered at every value change, returns the new value of the field
value Initial value of the component (Boolean)

PickerField

Prop (parameters) Description
onValueChange(value) triggered at every value change, returns the new value of the field
value Initial value of the component
options=[{label:"test",value="Test"},...] All the possible options, array of objects
iconRight React component, shown on the left of the text field (i suggest Ionicons 'ios-arrow-right' for a nice iOS effect)
pickerWrapper Optional, Custom wrapper of the picker, check the example

DatePickerField

Every prop is passed down to the underlying DatePickerIOS/DatePickerAndroid component.

Prop (parameters) Description
onValueChange(date) triggered at every value change, returns the new value of the field
date Initial date of the component, defaults to (new Date())
iconRight React component, shown on the left of the text field (i suggest Ionicons 'ios-arrow-right' for a nice iOS effect)
dateTimeFormat Optional, Custom date formatter
pickerWrapper Optional, Custom wrapper of the picker, check the example
prettyPrint Boolean, if true the component returns a string formatted using dateTimeFormat, if false a Date object is returned
placeholderComponent Substitutes the component used to render the placeholder
placeholderStyle Used to style the placeholder
valueStyle Used to style the field's value

TimePickerField

Every prop is passed down to the underlying DatePickerIOS/DatePickerAndroid component. Mode is set to 'time'

Prop (parameters) Description
onValueChange(date) triggered at every value change, returns the new value of the field
date Initial date of the component, defaults to (new Date())
iconRight React component, shown on the left of the text field (i suggest Ionicons 'ios-arrow-right' for a nice iOS effect)
dateTimeFormat Optional, Custom date formatter
pickerWrapper Optional, Custom wrapper of the picker, check the example
prettyPrint Boolean, if true the component returns a string formatted using dateTimeFormat, if false a Date object is returned
placeholderComponent Substitutes the component used to render the placeholder
placeholderStyle Used to style the placeholder
valueStyle Used to style the field's value

LinkField

Every prop is passed down to the underlying DatePickerIOS component.

Prop (parameters) Description
label Text to show in the field
iconLeft React component, shown on the left of the text field
iconRight React component, shown on the left of the text field (i suggest Ionicons 'ios-arrow-right' for a nice iOS effect)

KeyboardEvents

react-native-form-generator ships with an implementation ok KeyboardAwareScrollView that make handling keyboard events a breeze. check here https://medium.com/@michaelcereda/react-native-forms-the-right-way-315802f989d6#.p9oj79vt3

react-native-form-generator-keyevents

Custom Fields

With react-native-form-generator is extremely easy to create your own custom fields. You just need to know that:

  1. Every field is a react component
  2. Evey field will receive 3 props from the Form object:
    • fieldRef: contains the reference of the field (workaround on a react-native bug).
    • onChange: must be called every time i want to update the values inside the form component. (required)
    • onValueChange: can be used whenever you prefer to pass the values to another component.

Example

'use strict';
import {Field} from '../lib/Field';

export class SimpleInputField extends React.Component{
  constructor(props){
    super();
    }
  }

  handleChange(event){
    var value = event.nativeEvent.text;

    this.setState({value:value});

    // This updates values in form everytime i update
    if(this.props.onChange)      this.props.onChange(this.props.fieldRef, value);
    if(this.props.onValueChange) this.props.onValueChange(value);
  }

  render(){
    return(<Field>
        <TextInput
          {...this.props}
          ref='inputBox'

          onChange={this.handleChange.bind(this)}

          placeholder={this.props.placeholder}
          value={this.state.value}
          />
    </Field>
  )
}

}

Wrapping fields

You can decide to wrap every field in a component to mantain design uniformity and avoid repetitions (ex. Icons ?!).

Battle tested example

import {PickerField, LinkField} from 'react-native-form-generator';
import Icon from 'react-native-vector-icons/Ionicons';

let {
  StyleSheet
} = React;

export class WrappedLinkField extends React.Component{
  render(){

    return <LinkField
      label={this.props.label}
      onPress={this.props.onPress}
      iconRight={<Icon name='ios-arrow-right'
      size={30}
        />
    }
}

export class WrappedPickerField extends React.Component{
    render(){

      return <PickerField
        fieldRef = {this.props.fieldRef}
        value={this.props.value}
        placeholder={this.props.placeholder}
        options={this.props.options}
        onChange={this.props.onChange}
        onValueChange={this.props.onValueChange}
        iconRight={
          <Icon name='ios-arrow-right'
          size={30}

          style={[
            formStyles.alignRight,{color: '#C7C7CC'},
            this.props.iconStyle]}/>
      }
      />
  }
}

let formStyles = StyleSheet.create({
    alignRight:{
      marginTop: 7, position:'absolute', right: 10
    }
  });