[dojo-contributors] dojo.fx.lite

Sandro Magi smagi at naasking.homeip.net
Sun Apr 23 22:02:38 EDT 2006

Scott J. Miles wrote:
>>> var comb = new dojo.fx.lite.Combine(anim1, anim2, anim3); comb.play();
>>> anim1.chain(anim2.chain(anim3)).play(); 
> I suggest we just have one syntax for combining/chaining. i.e.: 
> new dojo.fx.Combine(anim1, anim2, anim3).play();
> new dojo.fx.Chain(anim1, anim2, anim3).play();

Just jumping in the middle here, but a chain/sequence of animations is
fundamentally a new animation. So why not just:

new dojo.fx.Animation(anim1, anim2, anim3).play();

Also, the meaning of "combine" is not obvious, so why not use a familiar
word which makes the intent more apparent:

new dojo.fx.Parallel(anim1, anim2, anim3).play();
new dojo.fx.Concurrent(anim1, anim2, anim3).play();

Or perhaps:

new dojo.fx.Player(anim1, anim2, anim3).play();

Although this last might be confused with the "playlist" concept, which
is equivalent to a "chain" of animations.

Combining the two removes the ambiguity at the cost of additional

new dojo.fx.ConcurrentPlayer(anim1, anim2, anim3).play();
new dojo.fx.ParallelPlayer(anim1, anim2, anim3).play();


> a complex example might look like this:
> new dojo.fx.Combine(anim1, new dojo.fx.Chain(new dojo.fx.Combine(anim2,
> anim2b), anim3), anim4).play();
> Parallelism helps memory-challenged individuals like myself.
> Regards,
> Scott J. Miles
> TurboAjax Group
> http://www.turboajax.com
> -----Original Message-----
> From: dojo-contributors-bounces at dojotoolkit.org
> [mailto:dojo-contributors-bounces at dojotoolkit.org] On Behalf Of Bryan Forbes
> Sent: Friday, April 21, 2006 8:26 AM
> To: dojo dev.
> Subject: [dojo-contributors] dojo.fx.lite
> Dear fellow developers,
>      About 2 or 3 weeks ago, I was charged with the task (ok, I took the
> task on voluntarily) of coming up with a lite version of our animation
> library.  Attached is what I have come up with after consulting both Alex
> and Tom.  I have tried to make this as powerful as possible, while keeping
> the syntax simple.  With the help of Dan Pupius (through Alex), I have also
> added some simple easing functions to this animation library and I've tried
> to make it easy to use your own easing functions.  The real workhorse of
> this animation library is dojo.fx.lite.propertyAnimation.  The syntax is as
> follows:
> dojo.fx.lite.propertyAnimation([
> 	{ property: /*String naming the property to change*/ prop,
> 	  node: /*DOMNode*/ node,
> 	  handlers: /*Object of event functions*/ handlers,
> 	  start: /*starting value*/ start,
> 	  end: /*ending value*/ end,
> 	  units: /*String (defaults to "px")*/ units,
> 	  curve: /*an optional curve object*/,
> 	  repeatCount: /*int*/,
> 	  rate: /*int*/ }, ...],
> 	duration, easing);
>      For an example of how this is used, check out dojo.fx.lite.fadeIn or
> any of the other animations defined in lite.js.
>      One other thing I have included is the ability to easily combine and
> chain animations together.  Basically, it is as follows:
> To combine two or more animations together:
> var comb = new dojo.fx.lite.Combine(anim1, anim2, anim3); comb.play();
> To chain (play one after another) animations together:
> anim1.chain(anim2.chain(anim3)).play();
> To combine with a chain:
> anim1.chain(anim2, anim3.chain(anim4)).play();
> The last one will play the animations in this order:
> anim1 -> anim2 + (anim3 -> anim4)
>      Both combine and chain can take either a Combine or an Animation so
> there is no need to convert from one to another.  Please take a look at this
> and let me know what you think.  There is a working demo at
> http://www.reigndropsfall.net/fx.lite/test.html.  As you can see, this only
> pulls in 8 files (excluding fx/lite.js and fx/lite/Animation.js).
>      Another thing that need to be discussed is a new namespace for
> dojo.fx.lite (since that's not a very lite namespace).  Alex suggested to me
> dojo.ngfx (for Next Generation FX) or dojo.lfx.  I was thinking dojo.lx, but
> I'd like to hear some more ideas.  Anyway, take a look at the code I have
> attached (the .zip should be extracted into src/fx) give me some feedback.
> Thanks!
> -Bryan Forbes

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