Introducing Splade

Splade provides a super easy way to build Single Page Applications (SPA) using standard Laravel Blade templates, enhanced with renderless Vue 3 components. In essence, you can write your app using the simplicity of Blade, and besides that magic SPA-feeling, you can sparkle it to make it interactive. All without ever leaving Blade.

Wow! Sounds interesting? Let's take a closer look.

Navigation example

To leverage the SPA capabilities of Splade, you may use the <Link> component instead of the <a> element. This prevents full page reloads and only fetches the new page. The <Link> component is essentially a wrapper around <a>, so there's not much to learn:

<Link href="/">Home</Link>
<Link href="{{ route('contact') }}">Contact</Link>

If you're using an existing app, or maybe you don't like the Link component, you may configure Splade to transform all <a> elements automatically.

The simplest component: a toggle

In the example below, we show an excerpt of the blog post. When the user clicks on the Expand button, it hides the excerpt and shows the full content. All Splade components are default prefixed with splade, but you may configure it without a prefix, resulting in a more readable <x-toggle> component.

<h1>Blog Post</h1>
<div v-show="toggled">{{ $blog->full_content }}</div>
<div v-show="!toggled">
<p>{{ $blog->excerpt }}</p>
<button @click="toggle">Expand</button>

As you can see, inside the component, you can use both Blade and Vue markup. However, remember that it will render the Blade syntax first because it is server-side. After that, the browser will render the Vue syntax.

Form example

The dedicated form component allows you to send forms asynchronously. It catches validation errors, and it supports two-way binding. You don't even need to specify a structure for the data.

<h1>Create new user</h1>
<x-form action="/user/new">
<input type="name" v-model="" placeholder="Full name" />
<p v-text="" />
<input type="email" v-model="" placeholder="Email address" />
<p v-text="" />
<button type="submit">Save</button>

Want to see something even more fabulous?

First, let's explain the x-form component: it's a wrapper around a Vue component. Yes, each Splade component consists of a renderless Vue component (where all interactive magic happens) wrapped in a Blade component.

In the following example, the form component is given some default data, that of the authenticated user. Note that the user data is passed to the frontend, so please be sure sensitive attributes hidden.

<x-form :action="route('user.current.update')" :default="auth()->user()">
<input type="name" v-model="" placeholder="Full name" />
<p v-text="" />
<button type="submit">Update</button>

What's more?

Check out the Splade introduction video:

Here's a summary of all the cool things Splade can do:

  • <Link> component to prevent full page reloads, giving you that SPA-feeling.
  • <x-data> component to interact with reactive data (two-way binding). It supports for default values, remembering its state between pages, and even remembering its state in local storage.
  • <x-defer> component to asynchronously load or poll data.
  • <x-errors> component to show validation errors outside of a form.
  • <x-event> component to listen for broadcasted events. Support for redirecting, refreshing, showing toasts, and interacting with the event data.
  • <x-flash> component to interact with flashed data.
  • <x-form> component to send forms asynchronously. It supports default values, validation errors, two-way binding, file uploads, confirmation popup, and state management.
  • <x-lazy> component to to load sections of your template lazily. Support for conditionally loading data, placeholder, and loading from a different endpoint.
  • <x-modal> component to load any route into a modal or slideover. It supports nested modals as well.
  • <x-state> component to interact with validation errors, flashed data, and shared data.
  • <x-teleport> component to teleport sections of a template into another DOM node.
  • <x-toggle> component to easily toggle boolean values on your page.
  • <x-transition> component to add animations to your templates.
  • Toast component to display toasts on your page. It supports nine positions, four styles, backdrop background, and auto-dismiss.
  • Table component to automatically generate tables with support for auto-fill, searching, filtering, sorting, toggling columns, and pagination.
  • Form components to rapidly build forms. Support for model binding, validation, Eloquent Relationships, textarea autosize, Choices.js searchable/taggable selects, and Flatpickr for date/time/range picking.