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Shivam Singh
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Mastering the Javascript DOM 🎑

Mastering the DOM: Your Personal Playground in JavaScript 🎑

Welcome to the Jungle Gym 🌳

Ahoy, code wranglers and keyboard warriors! Ever wondered how the Wild West of web pages comes alive? I'm talking about adding pizzazz to paragraphs, spicing up spans, and giving life to those lifeless lists. Yup, you guessed it right: we're diving deep into the Digital Ocean of Manipulationβ€”no, waitβ€”that's not it. The DOM! The Document Object Model! 🀠

So, if you want to be the Tarzan of this jungle gym, swinging from one HTML element to another, stick around! We're just getting started, baby!

1️⃣ Introduction to the DOM: The Who, What, and Why πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

The DOM (Document Object Model) is like the puppeteer behind the stage, pulling strings to make your HTML elements dance. But why do you need it? Well, without it, your web page would be as lifeless as my social life during the pandemic.


console.log(document); // Outputs the entire DOM tree! 🌳
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2️⃣ Getting Your Hands Dirty: Grabbing Elements Like a Pro 🎣

What's the first thing you do when you get to a playground? You grab onto somethingβ€”be it the swing, the slide, or someone's lunch (just kidding, don't do that). In the DOM playground, the querySelector is your best friend.


let myElement = document.querySelector("#myID");
console.log(myElement); // Outputs the element with the ID 'myID' 🎯
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3️⃣ Changing Clothes: How to Switch IDs and Classes πŸ‘—

Think of IDs and classes as outfits. Sometimes you need to switch from your daytime diva ensemble to a sultry evening array. Switching IDs and classes in the DOM is THAT easy.


myElement.className = "newClass";
console.log(myElement.className); // Outputs "newClass" πŸ†•
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4️⃣ Rearranging the Furniture: Insert, Delete, Replace πŸ›‹οΈ

Your DOM is like your living room; sometimes you just need to rearrange the furniture to make room for dancing. This is where appendChild, removeChild, and replaceChild come into play.


let newElement = document.createElement('div');
document.body.appendChild(newElement); // Adds a new div to the body πŸŽ‰
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5️⃣ Play by the Rules: Attributes & Properties πŸ“

Attributes in the DOM are like the unwritten rules of a friendshipβ€”no, waitβ€”they're actually written right into the HTML! Whether it's setting an image's src or changing an element's data-* attributes, knowing how to modify them is crucial.


myElement.setAttribute('data-info', 'awesome');
console.log(myElement.getAttribute('data-info')); // Outputs "awesome" 😎
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6️⃣ Manipulating Attributes and Classes: Because Identity Crisis is Real πŸ˜…

Ever felt the need to change your hairstyle on the fly? HTML elements go through a similar identity crisis, and thanks to the DOM, you can switch things up with JavaScript.


let headline = document.getElementById("headline");
headline.setAttribute("class", "new-class"); // New look, who dis?
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7️⃣ Efficiently Rendering Large Lists and Tables: For When You Can't Handle the Load πŸ˜΅β€πŸ’«

We've all had those days where we're overloaded with tasks, and we wish we could just "render" them more efficiently. Well, JavaScript feels your pain. With methods like DocumentFragment, you can keep your page from freezing while loading large lists or tables.


let fragment = document.createDocumentFragment();
for (let i = 0; i < 1000; i++) {
    let listItem = document.createElement('li');
    listItem.innerHTML = `Item ${i+1}`;
document.getElementById("long-list").appendChild(fragment); // One DOM update!
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8️⃣ DOM Traversal: Navigating The DOM Like A Pirate Searches for Treasure πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈ

Argh, me hearty! If you've ever felt lost while navigating the vast sea that is the DOM, you're not alone. Sometimes you need to find that one specific element that's nested somewhere in the abyss of your HTML structure. You could use methods like parentNode, nextSibling, and their crew to hop from one element to another like a pirate hopping from ship to ship.

The Ship and Its Crew 🚒

In the DOM, every element is like a ship on the sea. And a ship has many components, like firstChild, lastChild, and so on. Knowing how to traverse between these can make your JavaScript code both more readable and efficient.


// Start with the treasure chest
const treasureChest = document.getElementById('treasureChest');

// Find the first child (hopefully it's gold)
const firstGold = treasureChest.firstChild;

// Find the last child (please let it not be a curse)
const possiblyCursedItem = treasureChest.lastChild;

// Travel to the parent node (the island the chest is buried on)
const island = treasureChest.parentNode;

// Find the next treasure (if there is one)
const nextTreasure = treasureChest.nextSibling;

console.log(firstGold, possiblyCursedItem, island, nextTreasure);
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Aye, now you're sailing smoothly through the DOM! πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈ

Conclusion: Your Turn, DOMinator! 🎀

And there we have it, folks! A whirlwind tour of the DOM playground. You are now officially certified to swing, slide, and seesaw through the magical world of web pages. 🎒

So, what are you waiting for? Unleash your newfound DOMination skills and let us know what magical web concoctions you've whipped up! Leave your comments, potions, and spells below. πŸ“

Remember, sharing is caring! Hit that like button if you enjoyed your journey, and stay tuned for more. 🌈

Happy coding, y'all! πŸš€

Top comments (6)

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Check out DML, the "Document Makeup Library" if you want to play on the DOM faster. Will save you about 80% of your code.

This will create a button, append it to the DOM and install a click-function:

button("hit-me").onclick(()=> alert("button clicked"))
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Shivam Singh

thanks for letting me know

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Tulsi Prasad

Great write up mate! Kept me interested all the way! 😊

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Shivam Singh

Thanks @thebuildguy

volodyslav profile image

DOM is very cool 😁 nice article 😁

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Shivam Singh