I'm trying to create a complex application—Table generator. And the first part if it is form that lets user input data source. As I figure source should be an absolute http url, so I have to give user <input> with validation, and <button> which will reflect validation state.

Eventually I came up with this:

class Form {
  constructor () {
    this.button            = document.createElement('button')
    this.button.innerHTML  = 'Upload'
    // Initially it's empty so it's invalid
    this.button.disabled   = true

    this.input             = document.createElement('input')
    this.input.placeholder = 'Path to data'
    // Let's assign our custom validator
    // since validation props are read only
    this.input.oninput     = () => this.validate()
  validate () {
    // Tribute @LukeP
    // https://stackoverflow.com/a/34695026/2626747
    // Let's use anchor superpowers
    // rather then google `url regex`
    const a = document.createElement('a')
    a.href  = this.input.value
    // If typed value couldn't be parsed as an absolute url,
    // it'd be considerd as a path on current host
    this.button.disabled = !(a.host && a.host != window.location.host)
  render () {
    const form = document.createElement('form')
    return form

const form = new Form()

I'm not satisfied with this code, and I can not explain why. I don't have somewhat strong experience in JS, so I'm relying on your peer review.

Help me make Web better, starting with my app.


1 Answer 1


I'd just move the render part to the constructor and provide it with the id of the parent element.

class Form {

   constructor( id ) {

      const button = document.createElement('button');
      button.value = "Upload";
      button.disabled = true;

      const input = document.createElement('input');
      input.placeholder = 'Path to data';
      input.oninput = () => this.validate();

      this.input = input;
      this.button = button;

      const form = document.createElement('form');


   validate () {

      const a = document.createElement('a');
      a.href = this.input.value;
      this.button.disabled = !(a.host && a.host != window.location.host);



const form = new Form("app");

It depends what you want to do with the form afterwards.


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