Stimulus Pearls: A Collection of Stimulus.js Tutorials

Build the fastest website with Rails How many web pages actually need a JS framework? Most don’t. They just need sprinkles of interactivity. Stimulus.js provides the modern JavaScript framework to provide interactivity your user’s crave, without needing to relegate you Rails app to a JSON API.  New to Stimulus.js? Follow along with step by step […]

Updated Tutorial: How Do I Drag and Drop Items in a List?

How do you configure a more complicated Stimulus controller that manages dragging items around in a list? Let’s start with our simple ordered Todo table in html: The todo order comes from a priority associated with each item, so that we’ll be able to keep track of which item needs to be moved. We also […]

Updated Tutorial: How Do I Update My Model from a checkbox?

Let’s say you have a Todo app, with a model Todo that has a string title, and a boolean field, completed. We are going to use Stimulus to update our model remotely on the server when we check off the todo. And we’re going to use a nifty JavaScript API called fetch() to make it […]

Testing Tables in ActionText Using System Test

So you’ve built a fascinating, interactive addition to your ActionText page. How do you test that interactivity? You can use System Test, a feature built into Rails to run apps and test them in a web browser. This simulates real usage, especially since the browser supports CSS and Javascript. Since the Rich Text Tables tutorial […]

Adding Tables to ActionText With Stimulus.js

First, I’d like to thank Chris Oliver for his wonderful Railsconf 2020.2 talk, Advanced ActionText: Attaching any model in rich text. I’d highly recommend you watching that first for context, as I’m going to implement this ActionText table based on his Youtube preview. Towards the end of the video, Chris mentions you could use the […]

Radio Selection Unselect with Stimulus.js

Radio buttons, modeled after physical buttons on old radios, allow for only one element in a list to be selected. The browser automatically unselects the other options. This simple behavior often fits your needs, but I recently found myself wanting to be alerted on an unselect action so that I could change what was displayed […]