Exercise 13: Pattern with React#


This exercise requires a working buildout using a fork of the collective.jstraining package.

In this exercise, we will be walking through creating a pattern that uses ReactJS.

You will be working in the exercise13 directory of the collective.jstraining package.

Add Your Pattern File#

First off, in your exercise13/static directory, add a file named pattern.js. Use this file to build your pattern.

This example will bind a React component to a pattern element:

/* global require */

], function($, Base, R) {
  'use strict';
  /* combining bundle and pattern in same file this example */

  var D = R.DOM;

  var Exercise13Component = R.createClass({
    render: function(){
      return D.div({}, [
        D.span({}, 'Foobar rendered by exercise 9')

    name: 'exercise13',
    trigger: '.pat-exercise13',
    parser: 'mockup',
    defaults: {
    init: function() {
      var that = this;
      R.render(R.createElement(Exercise13Component, that.options), that.$el[0]);


Notice that the init of the pattern utilizes the React element binding syntax.

From there, React takes over and options from the pattern go into props for the React component.

Register Static Resource Directory#

Next, let us register the static directory we just placed our script into. To register it, you need to add ZCML registration for the static directory your script is in.

Add this to the exercise13/configure.zcml file


Register Your Bundle#

Registration is done exactly like the other examples:

<records prefix="plone.resources/exercise13-react"
  <value key="js">++plone++exercise13/react.min.js</value>
  <value key="css">

<records prefix="plone.resources/exercise13"
  <value key="js">++plone++exercise13/pattern.js</value>
  <value key="css">

<records prefix="plone.bundles/exercise13"
  <value key="resources">
  <value key="merge_with">default</value>
  <value key="enabled">True</value>
  <value key="jscompilation">++plone++exercise13/exercise13-compiled.min.js</value>
  <value key="csscompilation">++plone++exercise13/exercise13-compiled.css</value>
  <value key="last_compilation">2016-10-04 00:00:00</value>
  <value key="stub_js_modules">


At this point, we have all the files necessary to run the pattern.

  1. Start up your Plone instance

  2. Install the Exercise 13 add-on


At this point, we have no compiled version of the code that we are running with so our code does nothing.

  1. Go into Site Setup ‣ Resource Registries

  2. Check Development Mode

  3. Select to develop JavaScript and CSS for the exercise13 bundle

  4. Click save

This should load your JavaScript and LESS files now. However, we do not have any elements with the pat-exercise13 class assigned to them.

It is up to you how to apply the pattern class to an element of your choice. A couple options available to you are:

  1. use TinyMCE source view and add class="pat-exercise13" onto any tag

  2. customize the theme on your site and add it to an element in your theme file or use a diazo rule to dynamically add the class to an element.


To build our bundle, we will utilize the plone-compile-resources script that ships with Plone.


If you are not running a ZEO setup, you will need to shut down your Plone instance since the ZODB in this mode does not allow multiple processes to access it at the same time.

An example command will look like this:

./bin/plone-compile-resources --site-id=Plone --bundle=exercise13

Once this command finishes, your bundle is built and will be deployed with your package.