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Ivy.js

Ivy ties JavaScript objects to the DOM, allowing you to focus on the relationships of your data. It does this with no external dependencies, and with a small footprint (9k minified).

Using Ivy

Define attributes with Ivy.attr, and then bind them in HTML using a data-bind attribute:

<p>
  Hello <span data-bind='text: name'></span>!
</p>
<input data-bind='value: name keyup'/>

<script>
  Ivy.bindDom({name: Ivy.attr('World')});
</script>

Ivy will fill in "World" both in the span, and in the input. If you change the input, the span will also change. You don't need to write event listeners, or update the HTML, Ivy does that for you.

You can also bind complex objects and functions:

<div>
  <label>Price: $<input data-bind='value: price'/></label>
  <label>Tax: <input data-bind='value: tax'/>%</label>
</div>
<p>Amount after tax is: $<span data-bind='total'></span></p>

<script>
  function Calculator(price){
    this.price = Ivy.attr(price);
    this.tax   = Ivy.attr(10);
    this.total = Ivy.fnWith(this, function(price, tax){
      return (price * (100+tax) / 100).toFixed(2);
    });
  }
  
  Ivy.bindDom( new Calculator(20.00) );
</script>

Ivy plays nicely with others, and stays out of the way when it's not needed. In many cases you can treat the value encapsulated by an Ivy.attr like a normal object:

Ivy.attr(3) + Ivy.attr(4); //=> 7

var point = {x: Ivy.attr(2.0), y: Ivy.attr(4.6)};
JSON.stringify(point); //=> "{x: 2.0, y: 4.6}"

Use Ivy as much, or as little as you like. If a value like a user's id will never change, then don't wrap it. If you only want to bind a model to a specific part of your HTML, pass Ivy an element or its id:

<h1 id='user-greeting'>
  Greetings <span data-bind='text: name'> </span> 
  (<span data-bind='text: id'>)
</h1>

<script>
  Ivy.bindDom( {name: Ivy.attr('Mr. Monkey'), id: 32}, 'user-greeting');
</script>

Debugging

If you ever run into errors, grab the debug.css and add it to your page. Ivy will mark the element where the error occurred so you can track down issues more quickly. Check out the Exceptions example to see it in action.

Why Ivy

Ivy's design cleanly separates your HTML and JavaScript. Ivy's bindings ensure that the information about where and how your data is displayed stays in the HTML. Your JavaScript does not need to keep references to the DOM since that's Ivy's job. This separation lets each layer of your application focus on its immediate concern.

Writing event handling and DOM manipulation code is tedious, Ivy does most of this for you. Now you can spend your time fiddling around with something more interesting.

Ivy is small. You can use as little or as much as you like.

Why Not Ivy

Do you really need data binding? If your website is mostly static content, you probably don't need Ivy. In this case jQuery, or perhaps the Twitter Bootstrap's widgets would be a better fit. If you just need to render HTML on the client, then a library like Mustache would suffice.

Caveats

This is very much a work in progress and there's a lot to do. On the other hand, it works well enough to greatly simplify a lot of client side code.

Issues at the moment:

  • Changing bound arrays redraws the whole array
  • Events are not debounced, so Ivy sometimes does more work than it needs to
  • Because Ivy binds to DOM Elements, your HTML can get verbose

Browser Support

Ivy works great in modern browsers like Firefox, and Chrome, and IE9. IE8 is supported, but I am still looking into better ways to minimize its impact on the general code base.

Attributions

This library was inspired largely by the work of Steve Sanderson (no relation!) on Knockout, and the Shopify team's Batman.js. The event emitter code was cribbed from TJ Holowaychuk's various projects.

Ivy is written by Adam Sanderson with the full support of Monkey and Crow, two imaginary friends who let me play around with stuff.

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