Archive for April, 2009

Hello world!

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Welcome to the new Performer website. In case you don’t know what Performer is, I’ll steal a quick introduction from the homepage, but wrap it in a Performer function. Click here to be amazed…

Performer is a set of JavaScript functions which aims to abstract away the complexity inherent in JavaScript libraries such as jQuery, Prototype and MooTools. We don’t aim to replace these libraries – they do a fantastic job and are very much needed – but we do aim to make it easier to use the features they afford website developers.

Performer does this by allowing developers to use nothing more than CSS classes and standard element attributes (like rel and href) to trigger these features.

How did I do that? By adding class="toggler" rel="intro" to the link and id="intro" class="hider" to the div containing the introduction text. Nothing else was added.

So in a nutshell Performer allows you to unlock the power in your favourite JavaScript library (currently Prototype and jQuery are supported, I aim to support MooTools and more in the future) from your HTML. JavaScript, with no code!

For more information please check out the Documentation section – although I’m afraid I’m still writing the docs – or you may want to see Getting Started with Performer or Next Steps with Performer.

Lastly, please let me know in the comments if you find mistakes, spelling errors, or things which just don’t add up. I guarantee you’ll find a few!