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Description

Modern javascript application are more often organized in modules, they are awesome but they involve some problems that we cannot avoid. When we are writing an application in this way, we must consider that all our modules might be independent, testable, instantly re-usable and secure. Refraction purpose is making these things real in an easy way using some design patterns. Since modules might be independent, with no inter-module dependencies, refraction add an intermediate layer that handle all messages that an application use, to allow the communication between modules. In this way modules haven't to know each others but only this layer that is responsible to manage all the communications. If we want to change a module, we can do it without worries. Modules have a very limited knowledge of what's going in the rest of the system. For this reason we can define refraction as a guard, a central point of control.

Code Quality Rank: L5
Monthly Downloads: 0
Programming language: JavaScript
License: MIT License
Tags: Package Managers     Modules     Tests     Control     Event     Observer     No-dependency     Independent     Mediator     Publish    
Latest version: v1.2.0

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Refraction

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A guard that represents a central point of control in your application.

Modern javascript applications are often organized into modules, which are awesome but have some problems that we can't avoid. When we are writing an application in this way, we must consider that all our modules must be independent, testable, instantly reusable and secure. Refraction's purpose is to make these concerns take care of themselves by using some design patterns. Since modules might be independent, with no inter-module dependencies, Refraction adds an intermediate layer that handles all messages that an application uses, allowing communication between modules. This way, modules don't need to know each other, only the layer that is responsible for managaging communication. If we want to change a module, we can do so without worrying about how other modules use it. Modules have a very limited knowledge of what's going in the rest of the system. For this reason, we can define refraction as a guard, a central point of control.

Installation

You can install Refraction using npm:

npm install --save refraction

If you aren't using npm in your project, you can include Refraction using UMD build in the dist folder with <script> tag.

Usage

Refraction exposes only a small set of APIs. What is important to know is it's concept. A complete guide about usage can be found here. However, here is the gist:

import Refraction from 'refraction';

class CustomRefraction extends Refraction {

  routeChange(route) {
    this.publish('routeChange', {
      type: 'route',
      payload: route,
    });
  }
}

class RouteManager {

  routeChange({ payload }) {
    window.location.href = payload;
  }
}

class ConsoleManager {

  routeChange({ payload }) {
    console.log(`New location = ${payload}`);
  }
}

const routeMiddleware = (param) => {
  const result = Object.assign({}, param);
  if (result && result.type === 'route') {
    // build complete url
    result.payload = `${window.location.protocol}//${window.location.host}${result.payload}`;
  }
  return result;
}

const refractionInstance = new CustomRefraction([ routeMiddleware ]);
const routeManager = new RouteManager();
const consoleManager = new ConsoleManager();

refractionInstance.subscribe(routeManager);
refractionInstance.subscribe(consoleManager);

// change route and log
refractionInstance.routeChange('home');

Documentation

Examples

You can find a series of examples in this repository under the examples folder. Alternatively, you can check awesome-refraction.

If you want to run examples, check out the instructions here.

Chat

This project has an official chat channel on gitter. This is the right place to talk about Refraction with us and others developers. Feel free to participate.

Join chat here.

Change Log

This project adheres to Semantic Versioning.
Every release, along with the migration instructions, is documented on the Github Releases page.

Inspiration

Refraction is inspired by different articles and tools:

  • Its architecture is inspired by this article based on Addy Osmani's talk of the same name, presented at LondonJS.
  • Its style is inspired by Redux

Authors

Matteo Basso

Adriano Buscema

Copyright (c) 2016, Matteo Basso.

Refraction source code is licensed under the MIT License.


*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Refraction README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.