In vuejs there are times when I am going to need some kind of parent child relationship with two or more vue instances, one option for this is the vue parent option. This option will result in a reference to a parent vue instance within the child vue instance in which the vue parent option is used, and will also result in the child vue instance being added to the children property of the parent vue instance.
Another way to go about breaking things down would be to go about getting into making components, however going that way with things can get a little involved when it comes to mutating data. When I make components I have to pass data to it with the props option, and then make use of events as a way to pass mutated data back to the parent vue instance that makes use of the component. So maybe the use of the parent option is a better choice in some cases, depending on what I want to do.
The vue parent option can be used by just making it a key of the object that is passed to the Vue class constructor, and giving the parent Vue class instance as the value for that key. That is just about all there is to it, once that is done the parent is accessible via the $parent property in the child, and the parent can access the child from the $children array.
To get a better sense of how this works check out the following vue parent example.
Although this kind of solution works okay the official vuejs documentation recommends that you should only use this as a last resort solution for establishing a parent child relationship between two or more Vue instances.
Now here is an example I worked out that involves using a constructor that is created with vue extend, that I can then used in another vue class that will be the parent by using the vue parent option when Calling that custom constructor made with vue extend.
So Something like this can be used as a way to make a whole bunch of children for something if needed. It would be nice to work out some kind of practical example for this if I can get the time to do so but you get the basic idea. Still just like before something like this should only be done if for some reason making a component is not working out well.
So the parent option is yet another option that I should keep in mind whenI start to work on projects that involve breaking things things down into more than one vue instance. There are a number of ways of doing so beyond just the of the Vue.component methods that I find myself using first and foremost when it comes to making things a little more fine grain. Another option beyond the parent option would be the Vue extend global method that I should also maybe use for certain projects.