Emit change events whenever object changes. Compatible with component/reactive.
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react

Emit reactive-compatible change events whenever an object changes.

Installation

$ component install timoxley/react

Usage

  var react = require('react')

  var clock = {
    time: new Date()
  }

  setInterval(function() {
    // whoa, no need to call any silly .set() methods
    clock.time = new Date()
  }, 1000)

  react(clock).on('change', function(prop, newValue, oldValue) {
    console.log("The "+prop+" is now: " + newValue)
    // => the time is now Sat Jan 05 2013 11:38:31 GMT+0800 (SGT)
  })

  // alternatively, listen for particular property changes:
  react(clock).on('change time', function(newValue, oldValue) {
    console.log("The time is: " + newValue)
    // => the time is now Sat Jan 05 2013 11:38:31 GMT+0800 (SGT)
  })

Use with component/reactive

If you're using react with component/reactive you can simply wrap your data with react() as you pass it to reactive:

  reactive(element, react(model))

Use with Classes

If your data source is an event Emitter, you can use react in your data type's constructor to make all instances reactive:

// Emitter data type
function Stock(name, value) {
  this.name = name
  this.value = value
  react(this)
}

Stock.prototype = new Emitter()

var AAPL = new Stock('AAPL', 100)
AAPL.on('change value', function(value) {
  console.log('new value for '+ this.name +' is', value)
})

reactive needs an Emitter (or something that looks like one). If the object you pass to react isn't an Emitter, react returns a new Emitter with the passed-in object set as the prototype.

// Non-Emitter data type
function Stock(name, value) {
  this.name = name
  this.value = value
}

var AAPL = new Stock('AAPL', 100)
var stockListener = react(AAPL)
stockListener.on('change value', function(value) {
  // note the default value of `this` in this context is
  // a copy of the data source.
  console.log('new value for '+ this.name +' is', value)
})

API

react(obj, properties)

Make an object reactive, i.e. emit change events when its properties change.

Takes an optional list of properties to monitor for changes. Without properties, events will fire whenever any property on obj changes.

License

MIT