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Evan

Custom events

Evan implements a general eventing system in which any object that can be represented by a path (typically in an hierarchical, tree-like structure like the DOM) may trigger and capture events.

Evan is based on Troop for OOP and Sntls for collections.

Features

  • Subscription and unsubscription
  • Event bubbling
  • Delegation (capturing closer to the root than the actually observed node)
  • Broadcasting (triggering many subscribed paths at once)
  • Evented behavior to be assigned to classes and instances. Most of the event management will be done through this, as the tutorial below illustrates.

Tutorial

The following [example](http://jsfiddle.net/danstocker/Hw8Ya/ ) creates an evented class, endows it and its instances with evented properties, then triggers an event on the instance. Right below it's presented in its entirety, followed by a step by step explanation.

var eventSpace = evan.EventSpace.create(),
    MyClass = troop.Base.extend()
        .addTrait(evan.Evented)
        .initEvented(eventSpace, 'test>path'.toPath())
        .addMethods({
            init: function (path) {
                this.initEvented(eventSpace, path);
            }
        })
        .subscribeTo('myEvent', function (event) {
            console.log("event triggered", event.clone());
        });

var myInstance = MyClass.create('test>path>foo'.toPath());

myInstance.triggerSync('myEvent');

Step by step

First, we created an event space for the class. Events will traverse within the confines of this space. Events cannot cross between spaces.

var eventSpace = evan.EventSpace.create(),

Then, we created a new class ...

MyClass = troop.Base.extend()

... and added the evented behavior as a Troop trait.

.addTrait(evan.Evented)

Then, we assign the event space and a path that represents the whole class.

.initEvented(eventSpace, 'test>path'.toPath())

Then added an init method, which takes an individual path specific to the instance and applies it to it.

this.initEvented(eventSpace, path);

Building the class is concluded by adding an event handler that is supposed to capture all 'myEvent' events that concern this class. The handler logs the event to the console. (The event is cloned because when an event has finished traversing the event space it will reset.)

.subscribeTo('myEvent', function (event) {
    console.log("event triggered", event.clone());
});

Now, to try how this works on an instance, we need to instantiate the class.

var myInstance = MyClass.create('test>path>foo'.toPath());

Finally, we trigger an event on the instance.

myInstance.triggerSync('myEvent');

This will trigger the event handler we applied to it statically on the class, but within the handler, while event.currentPath.asArray will say ['test','path'], event.originalPath.asArray will say ['test','path','foo'], as implied by the path we assigned to the instance.