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Object-Oriented JavaScript

By : Stoyan Stefanov, Stoyan STEFANOV
Book Image

Object-Oriented JavaScript

By: Stoyan Stefanov, Stoyan STEFANOV

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Object-Oriented JavaScript
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Built-in Functions
Regular Expressions


Imagine you are listening to a radio program and they announce, "Big event! Huge! Aliens have landed on Earth!" You might think "Yeah, whatever", some other listeners might think "They come in peace" and some "We're all gonna die!". Similarly, the browser broadcasts events and your code could be notified should it decide to "tune in" and listen to the events as they happen. Some example events include:

  • The user clicks a button

  • The user types a character in a form field

  • The page finishes loading

Y ou can attach a JavaScript function (called an event listener or event handler) to a specific event and the browser will execute your function as soon the event occurs. Let's see how this is done.

Inline HTML Attributes

Adding specific attributes to a tag is the laziest way, for example:

<div onclick="alert('Ouch!')">click</div>

In this case when the user clicks on the <div>, the click event fires and the string of JavaScript code contained in the onclick attribute is executed...