Reimagining front-end web development with htmx and hyperscript by https://twitter.com/owen_m_jones

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Introduction

We all know that to create an interactive front end for your website you need JavaScript. Not just vanilla JS, mind: we’re in 2022, and to create an acceptable UI you need to be using a framework like React or Vue.js.

Right ?

Wrong.

In recent years, a few mavericks and renegades have started to turn away from the world of JS frameworks and the inevitable bloated node_modules folders. But what if you want a smooth single-page app experience, rather than waiting for the whole page to render every time you click a button?

Of course, nobody wants to write a load of boilerplate JS for every little interaction. This is where hypermedia in the form of htmx and hyperscript come in.

These two open-source toolkits, both developed by Big Sky Software and collaborators, provide a host of HTML attributes to deal with AJAX requests, partial DOM updates, CSS transitions, event handling, Server-Sent Events and WebSockets in a clear, user-friendly syntax.

There are a number of excellent tutorials online demonstrating the capabilities of these tools; I particularly like BugBytes’ tutorials on YouTube .

In this article, I’m going to show you how I used them in my current project , which is a simple membership/subscription tracking site made with Django.