Interaction Between App Elements

As soon as you've learned how to create a basic app, let's go on and enable the app's functionality with the help of attached events and functions.

In the previous step we made a form and a list. Now we want to add items to the list by filling the form as well as to delete items from list.

At the same time, here we'll additionally create an update button on toolbar to update existing records in the list and a clear form button to delete values from the form before inputting new values.

Setting IDs, attaching event handlers

We need to attach functions to the buttons so that they can implement adding, updating and deleting operations stated by their values.

An event handler can be attached to the components in two ways:

All the native methods (including the one that attaches event handlers) are called from the component object that can be received using the following construct:

var obj = $$("component_id");

And then call any native method, e.g.:


To attach functions to buttons, you need to specify the event that will trigger their execution and the functions (function names). Here, dedicated functions are called by button click.

{ view:"button", value:"Add", width:70, click:"add_row"},
{ view:"button", value:"Delete", width:70, click:"delete_row"},
{ view:"button", value:"Update", width:70, click:"update_row"},
{ view:"button", value:"Clear Form", width:70, click:"$$('myform').clear())"}

Then, let's set IDs to the needed components. We will work with form to get values from it as well as with list to add and update records there.

{view:"form", id:"myform", elements:[...]},
{view:"list", id:"mylist", template:"..."}

Apart from ID, components and controls have another identifier, name. It's a read-only component property. In the case of the form component, we need element names to derive form values.

{ view:"text", name:"title", placeholder:"Title"},  
{ view:"text", name:"year", placeholder:"Year"}

Now, let's describe the functions:

"Delete" button to delete a row

To delete a row from the list, we need to get the selected item and them pass it to the remove(); function as parameter.

function delete_row(){
    var id = $$("mylist").getSelectedId(); //returns the ID of selected item

"Add" button to add a new record

To add an item, we need to get text values from the form and assign them to list according to its template values.

Form values are derived with the getValue() function called from the form using its ID. To get to the necessary value, specify its name.

function add_row() {
        title: $$("myform").getValues().title,
        year: $$("myform").getValues().year,

"Update" button to update existing records

Item update is a two-step process.

  • Firstly, you need to transmit data from selected list item to form fields;
  • Secondly, you need to push the changed data into the list so that it replaces old values.

1 . Here we use setValues(); method to set selected data as values for the form fields. The function fires on list item selection and takes this item ID as argument. List values are set to the fields with specified names:

$$("mylist").attachEvent("onAfterSelect", function(id){
        title: $$("mylist").getItem(id).title,
        year: $$("mylist").getItem(id).year 

2 . The core of a custom update_row() function is the getValues() method that gets values from form fields. Finally, the list is updated with the updateItem() function:

function update_row() {
    var sel = $$("mylist").getSelectedId(); //checks whether the item is selected
    if(!sel) return; // if not, function execution is stopped
    var value1 = $$('myform').getValues().title; 
    var value2 = $$('myform').getValues().year;
    var item = $$("mylist").getItem(sel); //selected item object
    item.title = value1;
    item.year = value2;
    $$("mylist").updateItem(sel, item);

Confirmation window

To avoid accidental deletion of an important item, you need to safeguard user actions with a "confirm" window:

function delete_row() {
    var id = $$("mylist").getSelectedId();
        title: "Delete",
        text: "Are you sure you want to delete the selected item?",
        callback: function(result) { 
            if (result) {

Confirmation window is initialized by the webix.confirm constructor. It includes

  • title (string) - text header of the window;
  • text (string) - text message to the user;
  • callback - the function that will be called on button click. The result parameter is true or false depending on your choice (yes or no). If result is positive, the remove(); function is executed.

Read more about message boxes in the corresponding chapter.

Related sample:  Creating Basic App. Step 2

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