Lets take a quick look at Vue.js. It sells it’s self as a “progressive framework for building user interfaces”. So my take on that is you can enhance your webpage with a sprinkling of Vue.js and not buy the glitter factory it comes with. With a focus on the view layer of a website it is easy to see how you can enhance a page slightly to great effect, something that I feel AngularJS (1.*) lost in the transition to Angular(2+).

Getting Started

Getting started is simple, about as simple as the adding two scripts tag to a page (the Vue.js library and your code), identifying an element to have the app reside in, and any binding you plan on using:

Whole Vue.js Index page

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
  <meta charset="UTF-8">
  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
  <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="ie=edge">
  <title>Vue.Js Test app</title>
  <div id="app">                                                            <= Identify App container
    {{ message }}                                                           <= some binding

  <script src="https://unpkg.com/vue"></script>                             <= Vue.js Library
  <script src="app.js"></script>                                            <= Custom Code

We should add something to our app.js though, so we will create a new Vue app that identifies the element and some data:

Starter app.js

var app = new Vue({
  el: '#app',
  data: {
    message: 'Hello WIPDeveloper.com!'

I’m using lite-server to serve the page up and see it locally, feel free to use any server that you feel comfortable with.

Vue.js In Action

It’s so complicated I can embed it right here if I wanted to:

{{ message }}

More Dynamic?

Well that’s interesting but what if we want to display what the user has entered into a text box right next to it.

While this is very common in examples you probably wont be doing this that often in a “real” app

All we have to do is add an input with a v-model="message" binding and we will be able to edit the contents of out message data property:

New <body>

  <div id="app"> 
    <input type="text" v-model="message">                                            <= This is New
    {{ message }}                                                           

  <script src="https://unpkg.com/vue"></script>                            
  <script src="app.js"></script>                                           

More Vue.js In Action

It’s still so complicated I can embed it right here if I wanted to:

{{ message }}


Code can be found at Github/BrettMN/quick-look

Just Getting Started

That’s it. You now have a Vue.js app. Let add a little more to to next time, maybe start a todo app? Let me know by leaving a comment below or emailing brett@wipdeveloper.com.