Zesk JavaScript tools


Zesk provides a front-end JavaScript library which contains useful tools which mimic much of the built-in tools available in Zesk's PHP library. When possible, semantics are as similar as possible between the JavaScript version of a function and the equivalent PHP version.

As well, note that all Zesk JavaScript depend on having jQuery present.


mixed avalue(Object object, string key, mixed default) Retrieve a optional value from an object

Returns a value in JavaScript Object object, or default if key not present. The following:

var v = avalue(obj, 'time', 20);

can be more succinctly be written in JavaScript as:

var v = obj.time || 20;

The function still proves useful, however.

mixed object_path(Object object, string path, mixed default) Retrieve a value from a deep object

Like avalue, but traverses an object hierarchy.

var v = object_path(obj, 'thing.to.retrieve', 20);

Type functions

html tools - Generation/Manipulation of HTML code

String html.encode(String html) Encode HTML

Like PHP's htmlspecialchars, used to encode attributes for HTML tags

String html.decode(String html) Decode HTML

Reverse of html.encode - converts HTML entities into text values.

String html.to_attributes(mixed attributes) Convert attributes into attributes Object

Takes a string or object parameter and returns an Object which is that

String html.attributes(Object attributes) Convert Object to HTML attributes string

Convert object to a string which can be used as attributes in an HTML tag.

String html.tag(string type, [ mixed attributes, ] string value) Generate HTML tag (with attributes)

This first form receives two parameters, the tag type, and the value within the tag:

$(elem).html(html.tag("strong", "There will be bold."));

The second form extends the function to support optional HTML attributes as the 2nd parameter.

zesk tools - Global state and settings

string zesk.query_get(name, default)

Retrieve a query string parameter name or return default if not found.

string zesk.get_path(path, default)

Sets Zesk Settings value within the global state. Module information is stored in:


So, for the module "dropfile", the values are stored:


string zesk.set_path(path, value)

Get Zesk Settings value within the global state.