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CorMVC - Client-Side jQuery And JavaScript Framework

by Ben Nadel (on Google+)

NOTE: This is a really old project that has not been updated in years. I have personally started to use Google's AngularJS and highly recommend it.

Demo: View the online demo

CorMVC is a jQuery-powered Model-View-Controller (MVC) framework that can aide in the development of single-page jQuery applications. It evolved out of my recent presentation, Building Single-Page Applications Using jQuery And ColdFusion, and will continue to evolve as I think more deeply about this type of application architecture.

CorMVC stands for: Client-Only-Required Model-View-Controller, and is my laboratory experiment in application architecture held completely seperate from server-side technologies.

CorMVC Philosophy

Building frameworks in jQuery (or any other language for that matter) is very new to me; I don't claim to be any good at it. In fact, when I started looking into jQuery-based frameworks, I had no intention of creating my own. As I started to do my research, however, I quickly encountered two major problems with what was avilable:

  • Most examples were so small that I could not see how they might be applied to the kind of software I build.
  • Most frameworks were enormous and required command line utilities and some additional server-side technology (like Ruby On Rails) just to experiment with.

I didn't even know how to begin learning. So, rather than wade through what was available, I decided to try and create something from scratch. What I came up with is corMVC. The philosophies that I put into the corMVC framework are those that were hopefully a remedy to the problems I encoutered above:

  • A large sample application. This whole demo site (including the contacts section) runs off of corMVC as a single-page application.
  • No server required. This demo application does not require any additional server-side technologies. If you have a web browser, you can download and run this application immediately.
  • No building required. This framework does not require you to build the application using scaffolding or any other command-line executables. You just download it and open it up in a browser.
  • Small Framework. This framework is very small (and excessively commented). It doesn't do anything more than it is supposed to.

While I want to keep the corMVC framework as small as possible, I am sure that as I begin to more fully understand the various needs of single-page applications, the framework will have to evolve as necessary. In the end though, I want the corMVC framework to be an aide and not a constraint- affording the programmer the freedom to pile their own jQuery magic on top of this foundation.


An old attempt to build a jQuery and JavaScript powered client-side MVC framework.







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