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Evolutility-UI-jQuery

Evolutility-UI-jQuery provides a set of generic Backbone Views to browse, edit, filter, export and chart Backbone models and collections of different structures. With it you can make web applications by configuring views with metadata instead of hand-coding templates, Javascript and CSS.

By default Evolutility-UI-jQuery uses your browser local storage to store data (easier for demos because there is no server or database to setup).

Evolutility-Server-Node provides a matching RESTful API using Node.js, Express, and Postgres.

Demo apps

Sample Single Page Apps made with Evolutility: To Do list, AddressBook, Wine Cellar, Graphic Novels.

Installation

Download or clone Evolutility-UI-jQuery from GitHub.

# To get the latest stable version, use git from the command line.
git clone https://github.com/evoluteur/evolutility-ui-jquery

By default, Evolutility-UI-jQuery is configured use localStorage for storing data. To make it work with a REST API:

  • specify the REST root endpoint using the "url" attribute in the "config.js" file,
  • run Grunt (to rebuild evolutility-ui-jquery.js (or evolutility-ui-jquery.min.js),
  • move the app to a web server.

For the matching RESTful API you will also need to setup Evolutility-Server-Node.

Views

Evolutility-UI-jQuery's views have a Backbone model (to define the data) and also a UI-model (to define the UI to display the data and interact with it).

All views for a Backbone model and collection share a single UI-Model which defines of all UI elements across views in a simple declarative way.

Evolutility-UI-jQuery provides 3 types of views

A large part of the API (methods, options and events) is common to all views. Some views have additional API.

Views for One model

Browse

Shows all fields for viewing (read only). Fields are grouped in panels and tabs.

Browse

var vw = new Evol.ViewOne.Browse({
            el: myElement,
            uiModel: myUIModel,
            model: myModel
        });

Code: /js/view-one/one-browse.js

Edit

This view shows all fields for edition to create or update models. It automatically performs validation based on the UI-model and supports the Master-Details pattern (nested collections). Fields are grouped in panels and tabs.

Edit

var vw = new Evol.ViewOne.Edit({
            el: myElement,
            uiModel: myUIModel,
            model: myModel
        });

Code: /js/view-one/one-edit.js

Mini

Used for quick edits. Only shows important fields (required or showing as a column in grids). Fields are grouped in a single panel.

Mini

var vw = new Evol.ViewOne.Mini({
            el: myElement,
            uiModel: myUIModel,
            model: myModel
        });

Code: /js/view-one/one-mini.js

JSON

JSON representation of the data.

JSON

var vw = new Evol.ViewOne.JSON({
            el: myElement,
            uiModel: myUIModel,
            model: myModel
        });

Code: /js/view-one/one-json.js

Views for a collection of Many models

List

Gives a tabular view of a collection with paging.

List

var vw = new Evol.ViewMany.List({
            el: myElement,
            uiModel: myUIModel,
            collection: myCollection
        });

Code: /js/view-many/many-list.js

Cards

Shows records side by side as cards.

Cards

var vw = new Evol.ViewMany.Cards({
            el: myElement,
            uiModel: myUIModel,
            collection: myCollection
        });

Code: /js/view-many/many-cards.js

Bubbles

The "Bubbles" view displays the data as bubbles with controls to group them and set their color and size (this view uses D3.js). A tooltip with the Card view of the item show on mouse over.

Bubbles

var vw = new Evol.ViewMany.Bubbles({
            el: myElement,
            uiModel: myUIModel,
            collection: myCollection
        });

Code: /js/view-many/many-bubbles.js and /js/view-many/many-bubbles-d3.js

Charts

Draws charts about the collection.

Charts

var vw = new Evol.ViewMany.Charts({
            el: myElement,
            uiModel: myUIModel,
            collection: myCollection
        });

Code: /js/view-many/many-charts.js

Views for Actions

Backbone Views for actions on a collection or a model.

Filter

View used to build a structured query to filter a collection.

Filter

var vw = new Evol.ViewAction.Filter({
            el: myElement,
            uiModel: myUIModel
        });

Code: /js/view-action/action-filter.js

Export

View to define export options and preview the collection export in different data formats (CSV, TAB, HTML, XML, SQL and JSON).

Export

var vw = new Evol.ViewAction.Export({
            el: myElement,
            uiModel: myUIModel,
            collection: myCollection
        });

Code: /js/view-action/action-export.js

Import

View to import data from a CSVor JSON file. It is a work in progress.

var vw = new Evol.ViewAction.Import({
            el: myElement,
            uiModel: myUIModel,
            collection: myCollection
        });

Code: /js/view-action/action-import.js

UI-model

Views are not defined in templates but configured with a UI-model using a vocabulary with words like "field", "panel" and "tab" rather than "input" and "div" to describe UI elements.

Here is the UI-model used to configure all views for the "Graphic Novels" app demo:

Try it now: Download Evolutility-UI-jQuery, make modification to the demo UI-models (in the "model" sub-directory) by adding and modifying fields and panels and see the demo apps become your apps.

var uiModels_comics = {
    id: 'comics',
    label: 'Graphic Novels',
    name: 'graphic novel serie',
    namePlural: 'graphic novel series',
    fnTitle: 'title',
    fnBadge: function(m){
        var hNb=m.get('haveNb'),
            sNb=m.get('serieNb');
        return (hNb==sNb)?hNb:hNb+'/'+sNb;
    },
    elements: [
        {
            type: 'panel', label: 'Serie', width: 70,
            elements: [
                {
                    id: 'title', attribute: 'title', type: 'text', 
                    label: 'Title', required: true, 
                    maxLength: 255,
                    width: 62, inMany: true
                },
                {
                    id: 'genre', attribute: 'genre', type: 'lov', 
                    label: 'Genre', width: 38, inMany: true,
                    list: [
                        {id: 1, text: 'Adventure'},
                        {id: 2, text: 'Fairy tale'},
                        {id: 3, text: 'Erotic'},
                        {id: 4, text: 'Fantastic'},
                        {id: 5, text: 'Heroic Fantasy'},
                        {id: 6, text: 'Historic'},
                        {id: 7, text: 'Humor'},
                        {id: 8, text: 'One of a kind'},
                        {id: 9, text: 'Youth'},
                        {id: 10, text: 'Thriller'},
                        {id: 11, text: 'Science-fiction'},
                        {id: 12, text: 'Super Heros'},
                        {id: 13, text: 'Western'} 
                    ]
                },
                {
                    id: 'authors', attribute: 'authors', type: 'text', 
                    label: 'Authors', width: 62, inMany: true
                },
                {
                    id: 'language', attribute: 'language', type: 'lov', 
                    label: 'Language', width: 38, inMany: false,
                    list: [
                        {id: 2, text: 'French', icon:'flag_fr.gif'},
                        {id: 1, text: 'American', icon:'flag_us.gif'}                    ]
                },
                {
                    id: 'serie_nb', attribute: 'serie_nb', type: 'integer', 
                    label: 'Albums', width: 15, inMany: false,
                    inCharts: false 
                },
                {
                    id: 'have_nb', attribute: 'have_nb', type: 'integer',
                    label: 'Owned', width: 15, inMany: false, 
                    inCharts:false 
                },
                {
                    id: 'have', attribute: 'have', type: 'text',
                    label: 'have', width: 32, inMany: false 
                },
                {
                    id: 'complete', attribute: 'complete', type: 'boolean',
                    label: 'Complete', width: 19, inMany: true, 
                    labelFalse:'Incomplete', labelTrue:'Complete'
                },
                {
                    id: 'finished', attribute: 'finished', type: 'boolean', 
                    label: 'Finished', width: 19, inMany: true,
                    labelTrue:'Finished', labelFalse:'Unfinished', css:'cBlue'
                },
                {
                    id:'amazon', type:'formula', 
                    label:'Amazon', width:100, css:'evol-ellipsis',
                    formula:function(m){
                        var urlData=m.get('title')+' '+m.get('authors'),
                        link=m.get('language')=='FR' ?
                            'http://www.amazon.fr/s/ref=sr_nr_n_1?keywords='
                            :'http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?field-keywords=';
                        return '<a target="a" href="'+link+encodeURI(urlData)+'">'+
                            _.escape(urlData)+'</a>';
                    }
                },
                {
                    id: 'notes', attribute: 'notes', type: 'textmultiline', 
                    label: 'Notes', maxLength: 1000,
                    width: 100, height: 6, inMany: false
                }
            ]
        },
        {
            type: 'panel', label: 'Cover', width: 30,
            elements: [
                {
                    id: 'pix', attribute: 'pix', type: 'image',
                    label: 'Cover', width: 100, inMany: true
                }
            ]
        }
    ]
};

See UI-Model documentation for the UI vocabulary available (structure of UI-models or metamodel).

UI-Models for the demo apps: To Do list, AddressBook, Wine Cellar, Graphic Novels.

Stack and dependencies

Javascript, HTML5, CSS3, Backbone.js, Underscore.js, jQuery, D3.js, Bootstrap, Bootstrap-datepicker, Select2, Toastr.

Note: For convenience, all dependencies are minified together in a single file "dependencies.min.js". The dependencies list is specified in "Gruntfile.js".

Documentation

The (beginning of a) documentation is in progress: ui-models and views.

Other implementations of Evolutility

Evolutility-UI-React - Model-driven Web UI for CRUD using React.

Evolutility-Server-Node - RESTful Micro-ORM for CRUD and more, written in Javascript, using Node.js, Express, and Postgres.

Evolutility - Lightweight CRUD framework for heavy lifting with ASP.net and Microsoft SQL-Server.

License

Copyright (c) 2017 Olivier Giulieri.

Evolutility-UI-jQuery is released under the MIT license.