A Set of Utilities to use on the Server Side of a Project

Usage no npm install needed!

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  import akc42ServerUtils from 'https://cdn.skypack.dev/@akc42/server-utils';



A Set of Utilities that I generally use on SPA projects for the server side of the project

It consists of 4 separate packages.

database is a module to open (creating it if it doesn't yet exist from a database.sql file). It uses two environment variables to locate the database DATABASE_DB_DIR and DATABASE_DB are the directory and filename respectively of the sqlite3 database. It also used DATABASE_DB_BUSY for the busy timeout. DATABASE_DB_DIR can either be an absolute value, or relative from the project root (see npm module app-root-path). If the database file does not exist, it attempt to create it from the script read from file named by DATABASE_INIT_FILE. The path can be relative to project root or an absolute value.

logger provides a logging service for the app. It is controlled by three environment variables LOG_NONE prevents it from logging anything. This is designed to be used during testing of the server side of the app so that nothing is logged. LOG_NO_DATE omits the date and time from the logged output. This is generally used when another logger (e.g PM2 log output) is also adding date/time. Finally LOG_NO_ENCODE is used to say don't try and anonomise client ip addresses (see below). logger is called so logger([clientip,] level, ...messages);.

Responder is a class to provide the ability to stream JSON responses to a node js http request. It is instanciated with new Responder(response); and the resultant object has three methods;

  • addSection(name [,value]) creates a new section in the response of the given name, with an optional value (which should be the entirety of a section).
  • write allows you add an array row to an existing open section (one where addSection is called without a value). It will return a promise which resolves when any blockage is cleared.
  • end signifies the end of stream. Any attempt to call the other two methods after this has been called will throw an error.

version provides a promise that ultimately resolves to an object which has two fields. version which is the version string and year which is the copyright year. It does this with the help of the npm module app-root-path read the instructions for that module if it doesn't give the right result for you. The project root is where either the .git directory exists (in which case version will ask git for the version and calculate the copyright year from the last git log entry) or wgere a release.info file is sitting (in which case version will expect that to contain a version string and have a modification time from which the copyright year can be derived).

These can either be installed all together

const {logger,database,version,Responder} = require('@akc42/server-utils');

or individually

const logger = require('@akc42/server-utils/logger');