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DEPRECATED: was be renamed to mega-ui

UI-js (beta)

Frontend MVVM framework like Angular 2 and React, but better =)

Link to GitHub

Don't use it! Please don't install it! Don't use! This is experiment I change API every day. And I come up with something new every day. It is not even beta, even not alpha! It's just my dream of an ideal framework =)

If you still want to immerse yourself in a fairy tale:

  • Use ES6 with Babel
  • Use Webpack to build application.
  • Use Webpack loader to hot components livereload.
  • Use Shadow DOM emulation and Shadow Styles emulation in components.
  • Extend components cuz its just javascript classes.
  • Enjoy =)

Basic example:


import ui from 'ui-js'
import App from './app.js'

// starting root component in body


export default class App {

  static template = `
    Hello {{name}} !!!
    this.name = 'World'


its render to:

  Hello World !!!

Component example:

export default class Button {

  // this is custom html element name
  static tag = 'button' // default Class.tag = Class.name.toLowerCase()

  // this is shadow style (isolated style for component)
  // we can use any selectors, even * or tag names,
  // and they will act only within the component template
  static style = require('./button.css') // webpack loader as css text

  // child components to be used in a template
  static components = []

  // template
  static template = `
    <div>Button text</div>

    // This property will be seen in template as {{prop}}
    this.prop = 'val'



import Button from './button.js'

export default class App {

  // button component will be used in template
  static components = [Button]
  static template = `
    Demo buttons:


its render to:

  Demo buttons:

    <div>Button text</div>

    <div>Button text</div>


In style we can use :host selector to styling root component element.

If selector name is button, after rendering component name is ui-button, to avoid conflict with the built-in browser elements.

ui-button element hav not display style, and you need set it:

    display: block

This is a typical situation for the ShadowDOM

Global components

Add button to global component (used in all component templates) Replace all button tags in application to Button component.

import Button from './button.js'

Template features

  {{ 2+3 }} javascript expression injection
  undefined is interpreted as an empty string
  Hello {{ "World" }} !!
  Component fields available in expressions, and when field will
  change, then expression will instantly recalculate.
  Cuz framework use getters and setters to watch data changes.
  Global window fields not available in expressions,
  only component instance fields available.

<div class="Hello {{'World'}}">
  Expressions works even in all attributes

<div .class-name>
  Alias for class='class-name'

<div .class-name='exp'>
  if expression is true, class added to element,
  if false, class removed
<div (click)='handler($event)'>
  Call handler($event) on click event.
  In expression available $event variable for access
  to the event. If in javascript we emit custom event, 
  element.emit('ololo', 11) its works too. 
  <div (ololo)="func($event)"> $event === 11

<div ((click))="handler()">
  Own click on element, not on children

<div *directive>
  Directives like angular.
  Directive can control the behavior of the framework at a low level.

<div *for="item in array">
  {{ item }} -- On this place is replaced with the item value
  Repeat element by array.
  Current array element available as item.
  in - keyword
  item - you to choose a name variable
  array - expression that returns array or number 
  Syntax variations:
  <div *for="item, index in arr"></div>
  <div *for="arr"></div>
  <div *for="11"></div>
  <div *for="item in 5"> {{ item }} </div> 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
<div [prop]="exp">
  Two way data binding element.prop = exp
  <input [value]="text">
  Its automatic create text variable and we can use it
  {{ text }}
  We can bind even paths prop.prop.prop
  <div [style.color]="'red'"></div>
  If in expression we use {{  }} brackets,
  Expression result interpreted as string
  <div [style.width]="{{ 100 }}px"></div>
  Expression {{ 100 }}px return string "100px"
  If element is component, data bind apply to component instance,
  instead of the host element component.
  <my-chat [smiles]="true"></my-chat>
  In this way we can set components options
  If we want access to host element of component, 
  we can use host property:
  <my-chat [host.style.width]="{{ 100 }}px"></my-chat>
  All components has 3 mandatory properties:
  host - root element of component
  scope - scope of component
  app - reference to the root component ui.bootstrap(Component)
  Thus, in any place, in any terms, we can turn to the 
  root component of the application, 
  and take from there needed value.

<div #link>
  Create link to element in scope, and we can use it:
  <input #myInput>
  {{ myInput.value }}
  If applying to component, link will refer to the component instance:
  <popup #myPopup>content</popup>
  <button (click)="myPopup.open()">show popup</button>
  In component links are available as as this.scope.myPopup


  • .class-name // add class name alias class='class-name'
  • .active='expression' // if expression is true then add class, if false then remove class


  • *for="item in arr" // iterate element
  • *if="exp" // create or remove element with expression


  • (click)='handler($event)' // with click call handler function ($event is a internal variable)
  • (custom-event)='handler($event)'


if you use content element in you template, then original html content from host element, It will be placed there:

class Button {
  static tag = 'button'
  static template = `
    Content: <content></content>

class App {
  static components = [Button]
  static template = `
    <button> <span>Trololo</span> </button>

render to:

  <ui-button>Content: Ololo</ui-button>
  <ui-button>Content: <span>Trololo</span> </ui-button>

We can use select attribute to filter elements which will be replaced here:

<div .titles>
  <content select="tab > title"></component>

<div .tabs>
  <content select="tab"></component>

Component methods

framework automatically extend your components classes adding following fields:

class Component {
    this.scope // Link to scope
    this.host // Link to root element
    this.app // Link to root component on application
  on(eventName, handler){
    // Set event handler to host
    // Alias for this.host.on(eventName, handler)  
  one(eventName, handler){
    // Set event handler to host, 
    // event handler will be removed after the first call
    // Alias for this.host.one(eventName, handler)  
  off(eventName, handler){
    // Remove event handler to host 
    // Alias for this.host.off(eventName, handler)  
  own(eventName, handler){
    // Set own event handler to host
    // Alias for this.host.own(eventName, handler)
  emit(eventName, value){
    // Emit event from host
    // Alias for this.host.emit(eventName, value)
  watch(exp, handler){
    // Watch expression with this as context,
    // and call handler if expression value will change.
    // For example, we can use watch prop of component: 
    this.watch('prop', value => console.log(value))
    this.prop = 11 
    // instantly call console.log(11),
    // cuz framework use end getters and setters  
    this.a = 2
    this.b = 4
    this.watch('a + b', value => console.log(value))
    this.a = 100
    // instantly call console.log(104)
  bind(path, exp){
    // Alias for:
    this.watch(exp, (value)=> { this[path] = value })
    // Example:
    this.a = 100
    this.b = 200
    this.bind('sum', 'a + b')
    this.sum // 300
    this.sum // 301
  bindClass(className, exp){
    // Alias for:
    this.watch(exp, value => {
      if(value) this.host.addClass(className)
      else this.host.removeClass(className)
    // Return parent component by tag.
    // If not found, then throw error.
    var tabs = this.require('tabs')
    tabs // tabs component instance

    // If we no need throw errors,
    // we must add '?' symbol at the end.
    var form = this.require('form?')
    form // or form component or null

Memory leak

Don't use setTimeout, setInterval, setImmediate and requestAnimationFrame. Use ui.timeout(), ui.interval(), ui.immediate(), ui.frame() instead.

Parameters can be transferred in any order:

ui.interval(1000, callback)
ui.interval(callback, 1000)

clearInterval analog:

// start interval
interval = ui.interval(1000, function(){ console.log('lol') })

// stop interval

Automatic stop if component destroy:

class Panel {

  static template = `value is: {{value}}`

    this.value = 0
    ui.interval(100, ()=> this.value++)


class App{

  static components = [Panel]

  static template = `
    <Panel *if='state'></Panel>
    <button (click)='destroyPanel()'>Destroy!</button>

    this.state = true

    this.state = false


If user click "destroy panel" button, component Panel will be destroyed, and interval will be stopped automatically.

This is protection against memory leaks.

Actually you can destroy interval manually:

class Panel {

    this.interval = ui.interval(...)



But it's not as beautiful and convenient as automatic garbage cleaning =)

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