Build a Markdown Editor in Stimulus.js like in Vue.js

I’ve been looking into different Javascript frontends to see if they made my development life easier. I’ve been looking specifically to see if they improve on some Stimulus sprinkles and server rendered HTML. One interesting example was converting a text area from markdown to html. It uses marked to perform the conversion, and it uses […]

Stimulus.js Tutorial – Multiple Selects that Filter Enterprise Data Models

If you have a lot of records that fall into many different buckets, it can be hard to filter all of that complex data record. Thankfully, we can string together a couple select fields to filter based on multiple, disparate categories. This might be like something you’d see on a car shopping website, where you […]

Stimulus.js Tutorial – Using multi select to pare down a large set of data

Now that we have a lot of books in our library system, it would be great if we could quickly filter the books based on their category. HTML supplies a nifty builtin tag, called multi select, that will let us display a couple options. Our librarians can then select one category, or a couple of […]

Let’s create a Trix Editor plugin using Stimulus.js

I’ve been working on an app that uses Trix to edit a very complicated book text. Someone asked if I could add the ability to choose different sizes of text while they are editing the book. After digging around online, I came across this example from Javan, one of Trix’s creators: https://codepen.io/javan/pen/EPqzZo. This was exactly […]

Don’t accidentally walk away from your Active Storage Uploads with Stimulus.js

I’ve recently been using Active Storage, and it has a really neat feature called Direct Uploads. Active Storage asks your app for a URL for uploading each file, and then proceeds to upload the file directly to your storage service, without having to tax your app server’s processor. But if you’ve selected a lot of […]

Stimulus.js Tutorial – Don’t Lose Unsaved Form Fields

You may shudder remembering that long form you were once filling out, only to accidentally click a link, or refresh the page. You lost everything, all your unsaved form entries, and then you had to redo your work and fill out the form again. Don’t let your customers fall into the same trap. There are […]

Stimulus.js Tutorial: Implementing Radio Selection In A Form

Let’s say your building a really fancy UI, and you don’t want to use plain old radio buttons in your form. You might have a list of items, and you’d like your customer to select one of them. You also don’t want them to submit the form without selecting an item. Here’s an example of […]