Databank driver for MongoDB

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This is the MongoDB driver for Databank.

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To create a MongoDB databank, use the Databank.get() method:

var Databank = require('databank').Databank;

var db = Databank.get('mongodb', {});

The driver takes the following parameters:

  • host: the host to connect to. Defaults to localhost.
  • port: the port to connect to. Defaults to 27017.
  • dbname: the database to use. Defaults to test.
  • dbuser: the username. Defaults to null, meaning no authentication.
  • dbpass: the password. Defaults to null.
  • schema: the database schema, as described in the Databank README.
  • checkSchema: whether to synchronize the database with the schema argument at connection time. Defaults to true.
  • rs_name: replica set name to use. If this is set, host and port are ignored.
  • hosts: array of hosts in the replica set you want to connect to. These can be either arrays of [host, port] or strings (meaning use the default port).

Database structures

Databank "types" map to MongoDB collections.

The "pkey" of a schema will be mapped to the _id value in the database. For example, consider a schema with a single type, like the following:

{"person": {"pkey": "username"}}

An object like the following:

{"username": "evanp", "age": 43}

...would be stored in the database as:

{"_id": "evanp", "age": 43}

The "indices" in a schema will be used to create indices in the database.

Simple types

Arrays and integers are stored in wrapped objects. The following call creates a new array:

var db = Databank.get("mongo", {});

db.connect({}, function(err) {
    db.create("friends", "frodo", ["sam", "merry", "pippin"], function(err, friendsList) {
       // done

The stored object in the "friends" collection in MongoDB looks like:

{"_id": "frodo", "_v": ["sam", "merry", "pippin"], "_s": true}

Here, the value is stored in the "_v" field, and the "_s" field stores a flag indicating that we've made a little shim.

Similarly for integer types:

db.incr("age", "evanp", function(err, newAge) { });

The stored object will be:

{"_id": "evanp", "_v": 43, "_s": true}

Atomic changes are made for most of the methods.