Special properties

Lemondejs brings only three special properties: @ref, @bind and @ready. Those properties starts with @ and will be used in the template during the binding of the self to the template. Those methods would help to create great components with the minimum code possible.


Quick reference to a DOM element with @ref

The @ref will create a property in the self and reference it to a existing real DOM element. That can be used to perform arbitraries read-write operation in the DOM element at any time. The following example will create a JavaScript calendar input from a simple input when the user triggers the button.

<html>
<script src="https://lemonadejs.net/v1/lemonade.js"></script>

<script src="https://jsuites.net/v3/jsuites.js"></script>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://jsuites.net/v3/jsuites.css" type="text/css" />

<div id='root'></div>

<script>
var Calendar = (function() {
    var self = {};
    self.createSomething = function() {
        jSuites.calendar(self.reference);
    }

    var template = `<div>
        <input @ref='self.reference' />
        <input type='button' onclick='self.createSomething()'
            value='Create a instance of the calendar' /></div>`;

    return lemonade.template(template, self);
});

lemonade.render(Calendar, document.getElementById('root'));
</script>
</html>

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Tracking changes in an element with @bind

The @bind will bind the value of the HTML element into the self and create a change listener to keep synchronization between the element value and the defined self property. That is the most straight forward to achieve two-way binding using Lemonadejs.

<html>
<script src="https://lemonadejs.net/v1/lemonade.js"></script>
<div id='root'></div>
<script>
var Binding = (function() {
    var self = {};
    self.name = 'Ringo';
    var template = `<div><span>{{self.name}}</span><br/><br/>
        <select @bind='self.name'>
        <option>John</option>
        <option>Paul</option>
        <option>George</option>
        <option>Ringo</option>
        </select>
        </div>`;

    return lemonade.element(template, self);
});
lemonade.render(Binding, document.getElementById('root'));
</script>
</html>

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Callback a method when the element is appended to the DOM with @ready

The @ready will call the defined method as soon as the element is ready and appended into the DOM. The following example creates an instance of the jSuites color picker.

<html>
<script src="https://lemonadejs.net/v1/lemonade.js"></script>
<script src="https://jsuites.net/v3/jsuites.js"></script>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://jsuites.net/v3/jsuites.css" type="text/css" />
<div id='root'></div>
<script>
(function(root) {
    var self = {};
    // This method will be called when the input is appended to the DOM
    self.create = function(element) {
        jSuites.color(element);
    }
    var template = `<input @ready='self.create(this)'/>`;

    return lemonade.blender(template, self, root);
})(document.getElementById('root'));
</script>
</html>

Example

In previous examples, we have used lemonade.template, lemonade.render and lemonade.blender. In the next section we will see all methods available that will help you to adapt lemonadejs your needs.

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