A Backbone.js View that opperates on a collection, including child lifecycle management. Built on top of backbone-kinview

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CollectionView is a Backbone.js view that provides full lifecycle support for any element, including autorendering of children elements. It also adds sorting, filtering, and pagination. It remains simple, fluent, and idiomatic by relying on KinView for the underlying view management.
CollectionView has been designed to require'd by browserify, and is currently only supported in that environment. To install:
npm install backbone-collectionview --save


CollectionView continuous integrations is handled by Wercker:
wercker status


CollectionView maintains 100% test coverage. To manually run the tests, install with with --dev (as above) and run:
gulp testc

You can generate a HTML code coverage report by appending the --html switch


Issues can be opened in the usual location, pull requests welcome!

Getting started

Getting started with CollectionView is as simple as creating a new Backbone view:
var CollectionView = require('backbone-collectionview')

var view = CollectionView.extend({
    // regular Backbone.View opts here

Passing a collection to the view will allow the view to auto-append all items of the collection to the view and manage their lifecycle including adding child items as they get added to the collection, and cleaning up when the child view is removed. To pass a collection to a view:
var CollectionView = require('backbone-collectionview')

var view = CollectionView.extend({
    collection: new Backbone.Collection([/* models */])
    // regular Backbone.View opts here
note: view.setCollection(collection) can also be called to (re)set the views collection

Filtering & Sorting

CollectionView has built in support for filtering the collection data appended to the view.

Filtering data

To set a filter, a function should be passed to the view:
view.addFilter('name', function(){/* do something */})

Filter functions should return a boolean value. Only models with truthy values on ALL filters will be shown.
A view can have multiple filters. To add more filters, just call addFilter() as necessary. Note, multiple filters will be treaded as AND's (not as OR's), and as above - ALL filters must return true for a model to be displayed.
A filter can be removed by calling removeFilter('name').
Whenever a filter is added or removed, the view will be re-filtered. If rows have been added that aren't part of the collection, they will inadvertently be removed.

Sorting children

The order of children view can be sorted by passing a sort function:
view.setSort(/* some func here */)

Sorting is delegated to the native array sort


Views can be limited to a given subset of the collection, commonly called pagination. This can help contain the total about of dom elements the children views add. To add pagination, use:
view.setPage(offset, limit)

where offset (zero based, children are in an array!) is the first child to display, and limit is the maximum amount of items to show.

Performance impact

Unlike with no options or just with filtering, When using sorting or pagination, every child added to the collection will cause a full redraw of the CollectionView. This should be kept in mind when adding children one at a time.