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Add event functionality into your objects.

The can.event object provides a number of methods for handling events in objects. This functionality is best used by mixing the can.event object into an object or prototype. However, event listeners can still be used even on objects that don't include can.event.

All methods provided by can.event assume that they are mixed into an object -- this should be the object dispatching the events.

can.extend(YourClass.prototype, can.event)

Adds event functionality to YourClass objects. This can also be applied to normal objects: can.extend(someObject, can.event).

Using as a mixin

The easiest way to add events to your classes and objects is by mixing can.event into your object or prototype.

var SomeClass = can.Construct("SomeClass", {
    init: function() {
        this.value = 0;
    increment: function() {
        this.dispatch("change", [this.value]);
can.extend(SomeClass.prototype, can.event);

Now that can.event is included in the prototype, we can add/remove/dispatch events on the object instances.

var instance = new SomeClass();
instance.on("change", function(ev, value) {
    alert("The instance changed to " + value);

// This will dispatch the "change" event and show the alert

Using without mixing in

The same event functionality from can.event can be used, even if the given object doesn't include can.event. Every method within can.event supports being called with an alternate scope.

var obj = {};, "change", function() {
    alert("object change!");

// This will dispatch the "change" event and show the alert, "change");