Our header will feature a single title that updates as we swap out sections. To keep our code organized, we will create this header from a Header class stored in its own module.

The Header class will be very similar to the Twitterus class we just built in the previous steps. First, however, we need to briefly discuss components and then create some data that will populate our app.


Components are reusable behaviors that can be applied to any node. Twitterus will use two components that are included with the Famous Engine. The first is Align. The align component allows you to set the align property of a node using a transition. It is instantiated by passing the node to the component's constructor.

var align = new Align(someNode);
align.set(1, 1, 0, {duration: 1000, curve: 'easeInOut'});

The Align component's .set() method will transition the Align values of the node to [1, 1, 0]. It will also use the 'easeInOut' easing curve.

DOMElement is a visible component and, by default, it renders a <div> element. DOMElement components assume the size and position of whatever node they are attached to on instantiation. Create a new DOMElement component by passing a target node to its constructor.

var el = new DOMElement(targetNode);
el.setContent('hello world');

This will create a <div> element with the size and position of the targetNode and the text 'hello world' in between. The DOMElement also accepts options as its second argument. See HTML content and HTML styling for more detail.

Section data

The Header, Footer, and Swapper classes will all need to share data about the app's Sections. This data will contain the the section names, number of tweets per section and the initial or current section. Let's create this data in Data.json so we can require it throughout our app.

Open up Data.json and add the following lines:


   sections: [{
       id: 'Home',
       tweetNumber: 50
   }, {
       id: 'Discover',
       tweetNumber: 50
   }, {
       id: 'Connect',
       tweetNumber: 50
   }, {
       id: 'Me',
       tweetNumber: 25


Next, let's make 'home' the current section of the app. Add the following lines to Twitterus above the child nodes.

this.currentSection = data.sections[0].id;

We set this.currentSelection to the first id in our data's sections array. Now that we have our data, we can build out the Header class.

Modified files: Twitterus.js

The Header class


Like all of the classes in our app, Header will extend Node. It will also create its own child node to hold and animate the title text. The additional node will let us move the text while keeping the main header background static.

We'll create an extra child node inside Header by calling .addChild() on the header node, which we can reference through the this keyword. If you're following along, add the lines below to your Header.js file.

var Node = require('famous/core/Node');
var DOMElement = require('famous/dom-renderables/DOMElement');
var Align = require('famous/components/Align');

function Header () {
    this.el = new DOMElement(this, {
        classes: ['header']

    this.title = this.addChild();
    this.titleEl = new DOMElement(this.title).setProperty('textAlign', 'center')
                                             .setProperty('lineHeight', '100px')
                                             .setProperty('fontSize', '30px');

    this.titlePosition = new Align(this.title);

Header.prototype = Object.create(Node.prototype);

module.exports = Header;

Modified files: Header.js

Note how we include two separate HTML Elements for the background and title.

Tip: Similar to HTML, it's a best practice to avoid inline styling in your Famous code. Instead, we recommend adding CSS classes to style your code externally. Above, we show you how to do this by adding the CSS class 'header' to the header element. .setProperty() is used on the `titleEl` and elsewhere as a demonstration

Attaching our header

Let's attach our header to Twitterus. Before calling on the Header module, import it at the top of Twitterus.js with the following line.

var Header = require('./Header')

Note: The module.exports line in Header.js makes our class accessible as a module through the require() statement in Twitterus.js. Read up on Browserify if you're curious about what's going on under the hood.

In Twitterus.js, add a new Header to the 'grandchild' node we created in makeHeader.

function makeHeader(node) {
        .setSizeMode('default', 'absolute')
        .setAbsoluteSize(null, 100)
        .addChild(new Header()); //adding the header as 
                                 // 'grandchild' node

Modified files: Twitterus.js

Before we animate the header's title, let's finish creating the rest of our classes inside Twitterus.

Section recap: Code for this step

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