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Colin Kiama

Software Developer

Dynamically creating component layouts in JavaScript

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One function in a new file is all you need

Check this out!

// BlockListItem.js

/// HTML Output
///<li class="block-list-item" data-controller="block-list-item" data-block-list-item-url-value="{{url}}">
// <span>{{url}}</span>
// <button class="primary" data-action="block-list-item#delete">Remove</button>
// </li>
export function create(url) {
    let urlSpan = document.createElement("span");
    urlSpan.textContent = url;

    let removeButton = document.createElement("button");
    removeButton.textContent = "Remove";
    removeButton.setAttribute("data-action", "block-list-item#delete");

    let blockListItem = document.createElement('li');
    blockListItem.setAttribute("data-controller", "block-list-item");
    blockListItem.setAttribute("data-block-list-item-url-value", url);


    return blockListItem;

...and just like that, you have a component layout that can be reused across multiple vanilla JS code files!

Reusing the layout across different JavaScript files.

In another JavaScript file, you could can use this component layout like this:

import * as BlockListItemElement from "./BlockListItem.js";

// Somewhere down in the code, we'll create the HTML layout for the component:
let url = "";
let blockListItem = BlockListItemElement.create(url);