QuickUI 0.9: a significant update
April 15, 2012
QuickUI 0.9 has been released. This is a major update which includes a number of changes that make it easier than ever to create reusable, extensible web user interface components.
- The way you refer to an element within a control’s DOM has changed. Previously, you set an ID on an element in Control JSON using an “id:” key. Under the covers, this set an ID on the HTML element. As of QuickUI 0.9, to refer to an element in code, the Control JSON should include a “ref:” key. (See the tutorial example.) Under the covers, this will set a CSS class on the element. As before, this also implicitly creates an element reference function you can use to get that element through code: e.g., setting ref: “foo” on an element lets you get back to that element with the element reference function $foo().
- A control’s initialize() method now implicitly invokes the initialize() methods of its base classes. Previously, you had to remember to have initialize() invoke this._super(), which was error prone. Failure to invoke this._super() would often mean that a base class’ event handlers didn’t get wired up, which could lead to bugs which were difficult to track down.
- CoffeeScript support, announced earlier, has been folded into the core quickui.js runtime.
While the above work was underway, the QuickUI source code was substantially overhauled:
- The quickui.js runtime file itself is now built with Ben Alman’s handy Grunt build tool.
- The optional QuickUI markup compiler has been moved into a separate GitHub repo, quickui-markup.
Please take a look!