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Clone Wheel so it is easy to grab the library files from the repo

git clone git://

Make a new rails app (without test-unit or database, we'll use jasmine, and prefer rspec if ruby tests are needed )

rails new colorswiper -T -O 
cd colorswiper/

Remove the static index page, and set up a controller instead with a index file ERb template

rm public/index.html

rails g controller colors
  create  app/controllers/colors_controller.rb
  invoke  erb
  create    app/views/colors
  invoke  helper
  create    app/helpers/colors_helper.rb
  invoke  assets
  invoke    coffee
  create      app/assets/javascripts/
  invoke    scss
  create      app/assets/stylesheets/colors.css.scss

 touch app/views/colors/index.html.erb

Modify config/routes.rb so my colors index page is conveniently hosted at the root of my web app

root :to => 'colors#index'

Add the wheel library into my app (*** consider hosting them via github pages for easy experimentation? I guess that would defeat the modernizer/zepto/jquery switching stuff, but I must need to do more setup to get that, right?)

cp -r ../wheel.js/lib/wheel/ vendor/assets/javascripts/wheel/

Add a require for the wheel manifest into application.js, so wheel is included in my index page (and any other page in this rails app)

in app/assets/javascripts/application.js, remove jquery and other defaults, only require the wheel base “manifest”

-//= require jquery
-//= require jquery_ujs
-//= require_tree .
+//= require wheel/manifests/base

Then I need to create a new file called “app.js” – this is where the JS goes to set up the app (this is required by wheel)

I want to make a single object on the page (for now), I will call it a “patch” – in my app this will represent a specific color that I pick by tapping and swiping (maybe later there can be more of these in this exciting color picking app)

I will to add three things to define my “patch” (code below)

  • a template, which will determine the structure of the HTML

  • a css file, which will determine the default colors, fonts, layout, etc.

  • a javascript file, which will contain the behavior

Then I “build” an instance of a Patch in the app.js file, after setting up minimal wheel app stuff in app.js

—- app/assets/javascripts/app.js —-

// Require all the js files that define your application logic
//= require ./patch

$(document).ready(function() {
  // We don't need a full app object with all the extras for this app ...
  // so we are going to fake it out. The main thing we need is the templates = {
    eventManager: (Modernizr.touch ? Wheel.TouchManager : Wheel.MouseManager).build()
  };; // get them from the DOM
  // now the templates are available to all the views

  // Here we are building a single view, and giving it a parent DOM element.
  // That means that it will automatically append the view to that dom element. Yay!
  var view ={parent: $(document.body), color_text: 'color'});

– app/views/colors/index.html.erb, I added the template below ** does the template really belong in my index file?

<script class='template' type="text/html" name='Patch'>
  <div class='patch'>
    <div class='color_text'>{{color_text}}</div>

– app/assets/stylesheets/patch.css.scss

.patch {
  width: 200px;
  height: 275px;
  background-color: #aaf;
  margin: 10px;

  .color_text {
    height: 100px;
    width: 100px;
    font-size: 24px;
    line-height: 24px;
    margin: 0 auto;
    text-align: center;
    margin-top: 20px;

– app/assets/javascripts/patch.js Wheel.View.subclass('Patch');

adding interactivity

I modified the Patch class to listen for a 'tap' (which automatically registers as a click on a desktop browser) and change the color via css

Wheel.View.subclass('Patch', {

  // this is where we can add interactions
  listen: function() {
    this.$.on('tap', this.onTap.bind(this));

  onTap: function(e) {

    var red = Math.floor(Math.random()*10);
    var green = Math.floor(Math.random()*10);
    var blue = Math.floor(Math.random()*10);
    this.color_text = "#" + red + green + blue

    this.$.css('background-color', this.color_text)



  • How do I re-render the template to make the text change auto-magically from the instance variable?

  • can I bind the css to my instance variable too?