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    Laic is a Dependency Injector (DI) library. There are many such libraries available. Indeed, Laic's feature set and methodolgy was informed by the Electrolyte library. Laic sets itself apart with the following features:

    • Namespaces
    • Nested namespaces
    • Namespace chaining
    • Namespace paths

    The name Laic does not have any special significance. It was picked from a fantasy name generator list.

    Laic is written with ES2015 features. Your environment should support them if you intend to use Laic in your project.

    Laic is fully documented with JSDoc. The generated documentation is available in the doc directory.


    const laic = require('laic').laic;
    function Foo() {}
    const foo = new Foo();
    laic.register('foo', foo);
    const _foo = laic.get('foo');
    assert.strictEqual(foo, _foo);


    The defining feature of Laic is its support for isolating dependencies in their own namespace within a global container. As with Electrolyte, Laic is a singleton object. With Electrolyte, this means you can't use dependencies that may conflict. Which further means you can really only use it in a top level project and not within modules. Laic has a global namespace, but it also allows you to define your own namespace. This can be done in two ways:

    const Laic = require('laic');
    // Define a namespace with the constructor
    const laic = new Laic('foo');
    // Get a reference to the namespace
    const foo = laic.getNamespace('foo');
    // Define a namespace by method
    const bar = laic.addNamespace('bar');

    The namespaces foo and bar are now available for registering dependencies. Also note that a 'namespace' is itself an instance of Laic (techinically it's an instance of Namespace, but that is a subclass of Laic).

    Nesting And Chaining

    We defined top level namespaces in the introduction. But we can also define new namespaces within a namespace. For example, let's say we have a namespace named 'parent' that should contain a namespace named 'child':

    const child = laic.addNamespace('parent').addNamespace('child');
    child.register('toy', new (function Toy(){}));
    child.get('toy'); // the child's toy

    But that's an onerous method. Just as we were able to chain the addNamespace method, we can chain access to namespaces:

    laic.parent.child.get('toy'); // the child's toy


    In Nesting And Chaining we defined a child namespace by chaining calls to addNamespace. We can simplify that with a path:

    const grandchild = laic.addNamespacePath('parent/child/grandchild');
    grandchild.register('toy', new (function Toy(){}));
    laic.parent.child.grandchild.get('toy'); // granchild.get('toy')

    In fact, we can even retrieve the toy by path:



    Laic supports a few annotations. These annotations are simply properties on an exported module. As an example, let's assume there is an annotation named '@foo' that has a boolean value:

    function Bar() {}
    module.exports = Bar;
    module.exports['@foo'] = true;


    The simplest annotation is the @literal annotation. If a dependency has this annotation then the only other annotation Laic will only honor is the @singleton annotation. This annotation accepts a boolean value: true or false.

    module.exports = {
      foo: 'bar'
    module.exports['@literal'] = true;


    Indicates that a dependency should only be instantiated once. Subsequent attempts to register the same module will result in silent failure, i.e. it won't overwrite the previously registered instance. This annotation accepts a boolean value:

    module.exports = {
      foo: 'bar'
    module.exports['@literal'] = true;
    module.exports['@singleton'] = true;


    This annotation is an array of dependency names for the module being loaded. The names can be valid paths as can be supplied to get().

    Modules that use this annoation must follow one of two forms: a builder or a constructor (which will be discussed elsewhere). A builder module exports a function as its sole export (other than annotations). This function accepts a list of dependencies in the order in which they are defined in the annotation. When the module is registered this method will be invoked with the dependencies from the annotation passed in as arguments (this will be bound to the module).

    let foo;
    let bar;
    function Baz() {}
    Baz.prototype.print = function print() {
      return `${foo} -- ${bar}`;
    module.exports = function ($foo, $bar) {
      foo = $foo;
      bar = $bar;
      return Baz;
    module.exports['@requires'] = [ 'lib/foo', 'lib/bar' ];


    This is a boolean annotation that defines the module as exporting a constructor instead of a builder. This annotation supports the '@requires' annotation. Like with the builder module type, described in @requires, any required dependencies will be passed in to the constructor when it is invoked; this happens when the module is registered. this will be bound to the constructor. Laic stores the result of new Constructor(dependencies).

    function Baz(foo, bar) { = foo; = bar;
    Baz.prototype.print = function print() {
      return `${} -- ${}`;
    module.exports = Baz;
    module.exports['@constructor'] = true;
    module.exports['@requires'] = [ 'lib/foo', 'lib/bar' ];


    Laic provides some helper methods for registering dependencies. These methods can load individual files or a directory of files.

    Load File

    This is equivalent to requireing a JavaScript file but has the added benefit of loading the file directly into a namespace.

    Let's assume you have a file 'foo.js' in the root of your project and a file 'lib/bar.js':

    // results in
    const foo = laic.get('foo');
    // results in
    const bar = laic.lib.get('bar');

    Remember, all namespaces support this method. To avoid potential collisions you should use it from a namespace you have defined instead of the global one as is shown here.

    Load Directory

    This works the same way as Load File but operates on a whole directory. Note, it does not traverse subdirectories.

    Let's assume you have a 'lib' directory in the root of your project that contains the files 'foo.js', 'bar.js', and 'fooBar.js':

    laic.loadDir('lib/'); // note the trailing slash
    const foo = laic.lib.get('foo');
    const bar = laic.lib.get('bar');
    const fooBar = laic.lib.get('fooBar');

    Remember, all namespaces support this method. To avoid potential collisions you should use it from a namespace you have defined instead of the global one as is shown here.


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