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node lift

dual side templating, made easy.

this library simplifies templating by lifting parts of a template to the client. these parts will be processed, when the client got all data.

installation

npm install lift

server side api

LiftState

LiftState = require('lift')
lift = new LiftState()

it actually returns a function, so lift is callable. the LiftState instance can be accessed via lift.self.

lift

lift(id, static_args..., function ([static_args...], [dynamic_args...], [data]) {…})
  • static_args arguments defined on server side
  • dynamic_args arguments given on client side
  • data given on client side

this defines a function that can run on server or client (decision can be made per request by calling lift.direct or lift.get before). it is best used in the views to define lazy template parts.

lift.direct

lift.direct(id, args..., data)

sets the arguments of given id-part. when id-part gets defined it will be called direct. useful to render parts on server side.

lift.get

lift.get(id, function (lifted_function) {…});

define a function that will be invoked with the requested id-part. useful to render parts on server side.

lift.code

client_side_code = lift.code() // or LiftState.code()
script_tag = '<script type="text/javascript">' + client_side_code + '</script>'

returns client side code. only needed once per request.

client side api

window.lift

lift || window.lift // same

this is the client side of the library. it returns from LiftState.code().

window.lift.call

lift.call(id, [dynamic_args...], [data])
  • dynamic_args arguments defined on client side
  • data defined on client side

this invokes the id-part at the client defined on server side.

window.lift.get

fun = lift.get(id, [dynamic_args...])
func([data])
  • dynamic_args arguments defined on client side
  • data defined on client side

similar to window.lift.call but just returns a function containing all server and client side arguments and the id-part.

window.lift.DEBUG

lift.DEBUG()

it prints the context to the console. the context contains every function and its arguments defined by calling lift on server side.

NOTE

this library does not specify on which channels (socket.io, ajax, comet, jsonp, etc …) the data is passing to the client.

example

the example server should explain everything else.

influenced by lifts lazy load idea.

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