At its core, Reken operates by enhancing standard HTML elements with custom
data-* attributes that allows you to:
- Render dynamic content, attributes, and styles.
- Conditionally render elements or toggle classes.
- Create repeating HTML elements, such as lists or tables.
- Efficiently handle user input through event listeners.
- Fetch and process data from RESTful web services.
Reken's primary goal is to maintain simplicity while achieving efficient dynamic updates in the Document Object Model (DOM) without relying on a virtual DOM tree. This approach not only makes it lightweight but also ensures performance.
Reken updates only the parts of the DOM that need to change, minimizing the performance impact of dynamic updates and providing a responsive user experience.
Reken doesn't rely on complex build tools or transpilers. You can add Reken to your project with a simple script tag, making it accessible to a broad range of developers without additional tooling.
Reken-generated HTML remains fully compliant with standard HTML specifications, ensuring that your web pages are both standards-compliant and accessible.
Reken is an excellent choice for a variety of web developers, including:
UX designers who want to bring their UI mockups to life and create interactive prototypes can leverage Reken's simplicity and efficiency.
For quick prototyping and minimal viable product (MVP) development, Reken provides a straightforward solution to add interactivity without the need for extensive coding.
Developers building lightweight web applications can benefit from Reken's performance and ease of use, especially when simplicity and efficiency are paramount.
The best way to start using Reken is by adding it to your web project and exploring the various Reken attributes that enable dynamic web page development. In Chapter 2, we'll cover the installation process in detail, allowing you to start using Reken in your projects quickly.
Before you dive into installation, it's essential to understand the core concepts of Reken and the attributes that power dynamic content and behavior. These will be discussed in Chapter 3.
In the next chapters, we will explore each Reken attribute in detail and learn how to leverage them for dynamic web development. You'll also gain insights into advanced features, such as creating reusable components and routing with Reken.
All the source code for the examples used in this handbook are available as live demos.
You can also download the demos as a zip file to your computer.
The samples are organized by chapter and are named after the sections they are presented in.
Let's get started with installing Reken and exploring its attributes in the following chapters.