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An object oriented approach for displaying banners.


I was looking for a JavaScript banner solution that allows me to run banners on my web, when I discovered the BarelyFitz JavaScript slideshow. It's the best slideshow script I've seen, and I decided to use if for my banners.


The easiest method to "borrow" somebody else's code, is through inheritance. Using Nicholas C. Zakas's technique makes inheritance in JavaScript a dream:

Object.prototype.extend = function (oSuper) { 
       for (sProperty in oSuper) { 
               this[sProperty] = oSuper[sProperty]; 

function ClassA () { 

function ClassB() { 
       this.extend(new ClassA()); 

The Banner Class

The reason I wrote this banner class, was to be able to have two (or more) banners on one page. The banner class acts as a wrapper around the slideshow class and inherits slideshow's methods and properties.

You'll find a demo here.


BarelyFitz JavaScript slideshow.js.

The code

<SCRIPT type="text/javascript" src="slideshow.js"></SCRIPT>
<SCRIPT language="JavaScript1.3" type="text/javascript">

// From "<A href="" target=_blank>Rethinking JavaScript Objects</A>"
// makes it easy to inherit/extend an object
Object.prototype.extend = function (oSuper) { 
       for (sProperty in oSuper) { 
               this[sProperty] = oSuper[sProperty]; 

// Banner(), a slideshow wrapper
// syntax:
//      var oVar = new Banner("oVar",url|urlarry [,target])
//      Note: oVar must be the same as the first parameter to Banner - "oVar"
//            the third parameter - target - is optional      
//            see <A href="#sample">sample use</A>
function Banner (id,url) { 
    //inherit methods and properties from slideshow()
    this.extend(new slideshow()); 

    //set inherited property 'name', required ref <A href="" target=_blank>slideshow documentation</A> = id;

    //set target if defined
    if (arguments[2]) = arguments[2];
    else = '_self';
    // images(), local method that adds images to the object
    this.images = function() {
            // Create a slide
            s = new slide();
            s.src =  arguments[i];
            if (typeof(url) == 'string')
       = url;
       = url[i];
            // inherited method, see <A href="" target=_blank>slideshow documentation</A>

<A name=sample></A>
// create the first banner object, all images points to the same location

var firstBanner = new Banner("firstBanner","","_blank");

// create the second banner object, each image points to a different location

var arrURLs = new Array(
var secondBanner = new Banner("secondBanner",arrURLs,"_blank");

// onload, init the banner objects and start them

function initBanner() {
    if (document.images) {
        // firstBanner
        // image, timeout, update() and play() are inherited,
        // see <A href="" target=_blank>slideshow documentation</A>
        firstBanner.image = document.images.BANNER1;
        firstBanner.timeout = 5000;
        // secondBanner
        secondBanner.image = document.images.BANNER2;
        secondBanner.timeout = 7000;
<BODY onLoad="initBanner();">

<!-- firstBanner.hotlink() is inherited, see <A href="" target=_blank>slideshow documentation</A> -->
<A href="javascript:void(0)" onClick="firstBanner.hotlink();return false;">
    <IMG name="BANNER1" src="" 
    width="468" height="60" border="0">

<A href="javascript:void(0)" onClick="secondBanner.hotlink();return false;">
  <IMG name="BANNER2" 
  width="468" height="60" border="0">

Have fun coding.


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Per S
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Comments and Discussions

GeneralNightmare, not a dream Pinsussdarkoverlordofdata7-Jun-04 3:31 
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GeneralRe: AdRotator PinsitebuilderUwe Keim10-Oct-03 2:25 
GeneralRe: AdRotator Pinmemberadrian7310-Oct-03 3:03 
I've read his profile and he appears to be an ASP.NET programmer Smile | :)

GeneralRe: AdRotator PinsitebuilderUwe Keim10-Oct-03 3:11 
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