@starbase/channels

    0.4.1 • Public • Published

    Channels

    Starbase Channels

    Starbase Channels adds a unix-like directory structure to the Starbase Database and handles the creation and removal of parent and child documents based on channel paths. This allows for documents (channels) with sub-documents, which in turn can have child documents of their own. Channels is great for building APIs based on a path structure.

    Adding Starbase Channels to your Project

    On the Web

    <script src="/path/to/database.min.js"></script>
    <script src="/path/to/channels.min.js"></script>

    On the Web via jsdelivr CDN

    <script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/@starbase/database/database.min.js"></script>
    <script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/@starbase/channels/channels.min.js"></script>

    In NodeJS

    npm install @starbase/channels @starbase/database

    Using Channels

    Create a channels database in the browser using channels.min.js and database.min.js:

    var database = Database('testdb');
    var db = Channels(database);

    Create a database in NodeJS using @starbase/channels and @starbase/database:

    var Database = require('@starbase/database');
    var Channels = require('@starbase/channels');
    var database = Database('/path/to/testdb');
    var db = Channels(database);

    API Methods

    db.path(channelPath)

    The path method returns the CRUD operations for the specified channel path

    var root = db.path('/');

    By default, the db object will point to the root path '/'

    db.onEvent(handler)

    listen for and react to write and delete events

    db.onEvent(e => {
     
      // an object with the event information that occured
      console.log(e);
     
    });

    NOTE: onEvent is only available as a method on base channels object.

    db.path(path).channel()

    Return the current channel path in use

    db.path('/users/mike').channel();

    Response

    "/users/mike"

    db.path(path).put(value)

    Put data into a document at the path specified and create all parent channels.

    db.path('/users/mike').put({"name":"Mike"}).then(result => {
      console.log(result);
    });

    NOTE: If the parent channel (in this case "/users") does not exist, this operation will create it. The PUT operation creates all corresponding parents for a child document.

    Response

    {
        "event": "write",
        "path": "/users/mike",
        "channel": "/users",
        "key": "mike",
        "timestamp": 1543119035522
    }

    db.path(path).get()

    Get data from the document at the path specified.

    db.path('/users/mike').get().then(result => {
      console.log(result);
    });

    Response

    {
        "path": "/users/mike",
        "channel": "/users",
        "key": "mike",
        "data": {
            "name": "Mike"
        }
    }

    db.path(path).del()

    Delete the document, data, and all children from the path specified.

    db.path('/users').del().then(result => {
      console.log(result);
    });

    NOTE: This operation will DELETE ALL CHILD KEYS below it.

    Response

    {
        "event": "delete",
        "paths": [
            "/users",
            "/users/mike"
        ],
        "timestamp": 1543119519439
    }

    db.path(path).list(query)

    List the child keys at a specific path

    db.path('/users').list().then(result => {  
      console.log(result);
    });

    Response

    {
        "data": [
            {
                "path": "/users/dracula",
                "channel": "/users",
                "key": "dracula"
            },
            {
                "path": "/users/ghost",
                "channel": "/users",
                "key": "ghost"
            },
            {
                "path": "/users/mike",
                "channel": "/users",
                "key": "mike"
            }
        ]
    }

    List keys with values, ranges, and limits

    db.path('/users').list({
     
      // Range in reverse lexicographical order
      "reverse": true,
      
      // Limit results to 2
      "limit":2,
      
      // Return results as objects containing the key and value
      "values": true,
      
      // key must be greater than 'alien'
      "gt": "alien",
      
      // key must be less than 'werewolf'
      "lt": "werewolf"
     
    }).then(result => {  
      console.log(result);
    });

    Response

    {
        "data": [
            {
                "path": "/users/mike",
                "channel": "/users",
                "key": "mike",
                "data": {
                    "name": "Mike"
                }
            },
            {
                "path": "/users/ghost",
                "channel": "/users",
                "key": "ghost",
                "data": {
                    "name": "ghost"
                }
            }
        ]
    }

    More Information

    The use of slashes in paths and chaining path methods

    The slash in paths denotes the separation of parent channels from child channels. The path method can be chained to achieve the same effect as specifying the complete path.

    These two reference objects point to the same location:

    var comments = db.path('/users/mike/posts/1/comments');
    var comments = db.path('users/mike').path('posts').path('1/comments');

    Starbase Channels API Library

    Documentation for using the API client library is coming soon.

    Using Starbase Database with Starbase Channels

    Starbase Database is great for storing data based on single keys. Starbase Channels expands on that idea and allows for keys to have sub-keys. Parent documents to contain child documents. Starbase Channels combined with the Starbase Rules Engine can provide an API gateway solution.

    Install

    npm i @starbase/channels

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    0.4.1

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