Ember.js 1.0 Prerelease

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We’re pleased to announce the Ember 1.0 Prerelease. It’s been a couple of months since our release and a lot has changed. By making this prerelease available we’re giving you the opportunity to try out the feature set for 1.0. Read on to learn what’s new along with a few caveats.

What’s New


Ember.js is all about giving you the tools to build ambitious apps on the web. Here’s the thing about ambitious apps: they usually have state. Lots of state. And the bigger your app gets, the harder keeping all of it in your head becomes.

Part of being an app on the web is taking advantages of the browser’s strengths. In particular, the fact that we have URLs to describe what we see on our screen is an advantage over native applications. Your users want to be able to share that URL on Twitter or Facebook and have their friends see what they’re seeing.

Ember 1.0 Prerelease includes what we think is the most advanced tool for modeling your application’s state: Ember.Router. The router allows you to describe the state of your application as discrete objects, which means it’s impossible for your application to ever get into a “bad state.” And because the URL is just a serialization of your application’s state, you just tell us how to build the URL and we’ll keep it up-to-date as your users move throughout the application.

We’re still making tweaks to the router API to make it as easy as possible for new users to pick up, but we think that modeling your apps as discrete states is the way all apps will be built in the future. It’s still new but we believe in a few years it will be as relied on as automated testing for building the most robust applications possible.

View Context Changes

In apps built on earlier version of Ember, the {{#view}} helper created a new context for the view. This meant that you had to explicitly set the context on them. In 1.0, we’ve made this a bit simpler. The {{#view}} helper no longer changes the context, instead maintaining the parent context by default. Alternatively, we will use the controller property if provided. You may also chose to directly override the context property. The order is as follows:

  1. Specified controller
  2. Supplied context (usually by Handlebars)
  3. parentView‘s context (for a child of a ContainerView)

In the event that you do need to directly refer to a property on the view, you can use the view keyword, i.e. {{view.myProp}}.


  • getPath and setPath have been merged into get and set respectively.
  • Ember.ObjectProxy – this object proxies to its content property. Along with this comes Ember.ObjectController.
  • The #with helper now supports assigning an object to a custom property name using the format {{#with path.to.object as custom}}
  • The #each helper also allows for a custom property using the format {{#each custom in path.to.array}}.
  • Ember.SortableMixin – this mixin can be added to array-like objects for sorting functionality.
  • Ember.Evented#one has been added for one time events.
  • Ember.View#classNameBindings and bindAttr class now support the double colon syntax: myProperty:enabledClass:disabledClass.
  • Ember.Object#canInvoke, tryInvoke – simplifies checking to see if a method can be invoked on the object.
  • jQuery 1.6 is no longer supported. You must use 1.7 or greater.
  • Handlebars is no longer bundled with Ember. This allows you to more easily control your version as well as allowing for the runtime only version to be used.
  • ViewStates are now deprecated.
  • Binding transforms have been removed in favor of computed properties.
  • Async state transitions have been removed in favor of transitional states.
  • Ember.StateManager#transitionTo should be used instead of goToState.
  • Ember.Evented#fire has been renamed to trigger.
  • Ember.Tabs have been deprecated.
  • Some existing deprecations have been removed entirely.

For a full list, see the Changelog.

Known Issues

Since this is a prerelease, there are still some important known issues:

  • Router – The Router API is not finalized. Conceptually, things are pretty stable, but API details are likely to change.
  • Ember.Object.create – We are currently considering changing create to behave to make it behave more like setProperties. If this does happen, we will try to maintain backwards compatibility as far as possible.
  • Ember Data – We hope to merge Ember Data into the core Ember project before the final 1.0 release.
  • Memory leaks – There are some known memory leaks. We will fix these before the final 1.0 release. Issue #1165
  • Browser support – We have only done limited testing on older browsers so far. We will do more comprehensive testing before the final release.
  • Dependent Bindings – Bindings that depend on other bindings may fail on initial connect unless properly ordered. Issue #1164
  • ContainerView and SortableMixin – Using ContainerView, or its subclass CollectionView (which is used by the #each and #collection helpers), with SortableMixin may cause unexpected rendering errors. Issue #800

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