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raptor-renderer

This module provides support for rendering UI components and templates and provides helper methods for injecting the resulting HTML into the DOM and binding behavior.

In the browser, this module allows behavior to be attached by publishing a raptor-renderer/renderedToDOM message via the raptor-pubsub module when the newly rendered DOM nodes have been inserted into the DOM. The marko-widgets module listens for this event to initialize all widgets that were rendered. Internally, the list of rendered widgets is stored in the async-writer instance (specifically out.global.widgets) that is passed to all renderers during the rendering process.

Installation

npm install raptor-renderer --save

Usage

var raptorRenderer = require('raptor-renderer');

var renderer = function(input, out) {
    out.write('Hello ' + input.name + '!');
};

var targetEl = document.getElementById('myRenderTarget');

raptorRenderer.render(
    renderer,       // function renderer(input, out)
    {               // View model
        name: 'Frank'
    },
    function(err, renderResult) {
        if (err) {
            // Handle the error
        }

        // Append the HTML as a child of the provided target element
        renderResult.appendTo(targetEl);

        // Behavior (if any) has been attached automagically. Yay!

        // All available methods
        // - appendTo(el)
        // - replace(el)
        // - replaceChildrenOf(el)
        // - insertBefore(el)
        // - insertAfter(el)
        // - prependTo(el)
    });

If you know for sure that the rendering will complete synchronously then you can instead use the synchronous API by not providing a callback function:

var raptorRenderer = require('raptor-renderer');

var renderer = function(input, out) {
    out.write('Hello ' + input.name + '!');
};

var targetEl = document.getElementById('myRenderTarget');

var renderResult = raptorRenderer.render(
    renderer,       // function renderer(input, out)
    {               // View model
        name: 'Frank'
    });

renderResult.appendTo(targetEl);

API

render(renderer, data, callback)

Invokes a renderer with the provided data and invokes the provided callback when the rendering asynchronously completes. The signature for the callback function is function(err, renderResult) where renderResult will be an instance of RenderResult (see below).

render(renderer, data) : RenderResult

Synchronous version of the render method that immediately returns a RenderResult object.

RenderResult

Methods

appendTo(el)

Inserts the newly rendered DOM nodes as ending children of the target HTML element.

getWidget()

Returns the top-level widget (if any) associated with the rendered HTML. This method can only be called after the HTML has been inserted into the DOM (e.g. using appendTo(document.body));

Example:

var buttonWidget = require('raptor-renderer').render(
    buttonRenderer,
    {
        label: label
    })
    .appendTo(document.body)
    .getWidget();

buttonWidget.disable();

getWidgets()

Returns an array of all of the rendered widgets;

insertAfter(el)

Inserts the newly rendered DOM nodes as siblings immediately after the target HTML element.

insertBefore(el)

Inserts the newly rendered DOM nodes as siblings immediately before the target HTML element.

prependTo(el)

Inserts the newly rendered DOM nodes as beginning children of the target HTML element.

replace(el)

Removes the target element and replaces is with the newly rendered DOM nodes.

replaceChildrenOf(el)

Removes the child nodes of the target element and replaces them with the newly rendered DOM nodes.

toString()

Returns the output HTML string.

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