v-bind Many Props

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The checkout form will have six fields... and now, thanks to our shiny form-input component, we can add those with very little duplication. Copy the form-input element and paste it five times: One, two, three, four, five.

Now... I'll super quickly update each component to pass in the right props. Zoom! Each input will point to a different key on our form data and will use a different key on validationErrors.

Let's go see how it looks! Click to check out and... nice! I mean, it's doesn't look great, but we'll improve that soon.

Using v-bind with an Object

Before we do, that still felt like a lot of repetition. Like, on this field, we're repeating customerCity 3 different times.

Fortunately, we can clean this up with a clever use of v-bind. At the bottom, add a methods key and create a new method called getFieldProps(). This will return a map of all the props needed for a specific input. To generate that, this needs id and label arguments.

Inside, return an object with the props the field needs... which as a reminder, are id, label and error-message. So, set id: id... or better, shorten to just id, label and error-message. But, this needs to be errorMessage in camel-case: Vue will handle normalizing that to error-message. Anyways, errorMessage set to this.validationErrors[id].

Up in the template, we can use this to shorten things. Remember, :error-message is short for v-bind:error-message which binds a single prop. But we can also use v-bind to bind a bunch of props at once. Remove error-message, label and id and instead say v-bind - with no colon - then getFieldProps() passing the id and label.

There is still some repetition between v-model and v-bind, but it's an improvement. I'll type as fast as Fabien normally types to quickly repeat this for the other 5 fields.

Phew! Unless I messed something up (very possible), that should... not break anything. Move over, hit checkout and... awesome! Everything seems to be working!

Adding Markup to make the Form Look nicer

Now let's make this look a bit nicer by organizing the fields into a few columns. This doesn't have much to do with Vue... I just don't like ugly forms.

Above the first field, add <div class="form-row">, wrap the first two fields inside and indent them. Both elements now need an extra class. Pass class="col" two times.

But I want to point something out. We do not have a class prop inside our <form-input> custom component. And so, when we pass class to this, Vue will automatically add this as an attribute to the top level element of form-input. We can see this in the browser. If we inspect the element, yep! Both outer elements - which have a form-group - now also have a col class. That's exactly what we want.

Back in index.vue, leave the customerAddress on its own row, but wrap the last 3 fields inside of another <div class="form-row">. Add the ending div, indent, and give all 3 of these class="col". And... I think I have some extra whitespace my editor is mad about. Much better.

Go check it out. That looks great!

Customizing the input type Attribute

Let's make one last improvement. All of these fields are <input type="text">. If we wanted to handle other field types like select elements or checkboxes, we would need to do more work in <form-input> to make it more flexible or even create some new components.

I'm not going to do that now, but I at least want to be able to render different input types, like <input type="email"> and <input type="tel"> for the phone number.

No problem!. Our <form-input> now needs to be more flexible. So let's add a new prop. Copy the value prop, call this one type... and change the default to text so that we don't have to pass this in.

Use this up in the template: replace type="text" with :type="type".

Thanks to the default value, we only need to pass this for two fields. Find customerEmail. What's cool is that we can mix the v-bind that's set to an entire object with other, specific props without any issues. What I mean is, when we pass in the type prop with type="email", that will merge nicely with whatever props getFieldProps() adds.

Repeat this on customerPhone: type="tel".

Go check it! You probably won't notice any difference on a computer, but if you inspect the element... yep! It's <input type="email">.

Okay! We are ready to set up this form to submit via Ajax. When we do that, we're going to make handling and rendering form validation a main concern.

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What JavaScript libraries does this tutorial use?

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    "devDependencies": {
        "@fortawesome/fontawesome-free": "^5.15.1", // 5.15.1
        "@symfony/webpack-encore": "^0.30.0", // 0.30.2
        "axios": "^0.19.2", // 0.19.2
        "bootstrap": "^4.4.1", // 4.5.3
        "core-js": "^3.0.0", // 3.6.5
        "eslint": "^6.7.2", // 6.8.0
        "eslint-config-airbnb-base": "^14.0.0", // 14.2.0
        "eslint-plugin-import": "^2.19.1", // 2.22.1
        "eslint-plugin-vue": "^6.0.1", // 6.2.2
        "regenerator-runtime": "^0.13.2", // 0.13.7
        "sass": "^1.29.0", // 1.29.0
        "sass-loader": "^8.0.0", // 8.0.2
        "vue": "^2.6.11", // 2.6.12
        "vue-loader": "^15.9.1", // 15.9.4
        "vue-template-compiler": "^2.6.11", // 2.6.12
        "webpack-notifier": "^1.6.0" // 1.8.0