Déjà Vue

Vue.js - The MVVM library you didn't know you already knew…

SwissJS 2015 Lighting Talk – Raphaël Saunier (@RaphaelSaunier)

The Problem

Most of you are already familiar with one or more of the following frameworks:

Sometimes the impact on the complexity and size of the code isn’t justifiable

Large libraries are not always adequate for:

  • Legacy projects
  • Prototypes, hackathons
  • Server-heavy applications
  • Designers

So what do we do?

$.problem() ?

There's a better way!

vuejs.org

“[…] Vue.js core intends to stay as a no-frills, drop-in view layer library, and that will not change”

For 70KB* you get:

  • An API to define reusable Components
  • Data-binding & computed properties with transparent dependency tracking 
  • Events, with some niceties (filtering, debouncing)
  • Filters
  • Transitions

All of this with a familiar syntax, a comprehensive documentation, friendly error messages and

great performance!

* Minified (~22KB gzipped)

  • vue-element (allows you to register real Custom Elements)
  • vue-resource (interact with REST APIs)
  • vuex (Flux implementation)
  • vue-router
  • vue-touch (Hammer.js wrapper)
  • vue-loader for WebPack
  • ES7/TypeScript decorators

…and there's more!

Show us some code!

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
  <meta charset="UTF-8">
  <title>Vue.js</title>
  <script src="vue.js">
  </script>
</head>
<body>
  <div id="selector">
    <h1>{{message}}</h1>
  </div>    
</body>
</html>
// Define a plain JSON 
// object to hold the data
var data = {
  message: "Hello"
};

// Instantiate Vue on an element
new Vue({
  el: "#selector",
  data: data
})

// Works since getters/setters 
// are now proxied
data.message = "Hi";

This looks familiar…

<div id="selector">
  <input type="text"
         v-model="name">
  <h1 v-if="name">
    {{message | uppercase}}
  </h1>
</div>
new Vue({
  el: "#selector",
  data: {
    name: ""
  },
  computed: {
    message: function(){
      return "Hello, " + name + "!";
    }
  }
});

Ah nice, it supports models, filters, conditionals, …

<div id="selector">
  <input type="text" ng-model="name">
  <h1 ng-if="name">
    <%= message %>
  </h1>
</div>
// I'd like delimiters that are more difficult to type
Vue.config.delimiters: ['<%=', '%>'];

// I'd like to have the performance of Backbone Views
Vue.config.async = false

// I'd like to pretend it's Angular
Vue.config.prefix = "ng-";
var Controller = Vue.extend({
  $scope: this.data  // (…don't do that, it's silly)
});

Configure all the things!

<ul id="selector">
  <li v-repeat="person: people" 
      v-on="click: greet">
    {{person.name}}
  </li>
</ul>
var rofl = new Vue({
  el: "#selector",
  data: {
    people: [{
        name: "Bruno",
        job: "Kameramann"
    } /* ... */]
  },
  methods: {
    greet: function(person){
      alert(`Ich bin ${person.name}, 
           ich bin der ${person.job}!`);
    }
  }
});

All the dirty things you used to be able to do in Angular are now just a bit nicer…

Visit vuejs.org/examples for more examples 

Learning Resources

Guide

API

“The Vast World of Vue.js”

(Free Tutorial  by Jeffrey Way)

 laracasts.com/series/learning-vuejs

 

Should you go all in on Vue.js?

Probably not.

 

Should you use Vue.js to replace

jQuery or Backbone Views?

Probably!

 

vue + vue-router > jquery + backbone + underscore + rivets + marionette

 

JS libraries come and go, and therefore it makes

sense to invest one's time wisely.

With Vue you‘ll:

  • grok the basics in a few minutes, 
  • become productive within an hour 
  • remember most of its API in a day.

Thank you!

Déjà Vue(.js)

By Raphael Saunier

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