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dropstore-ng

dropstore-ng is a set of AngularJS bindings for Dropbox Datastore. With Dropbox Datastore, AngularJS and dropstore-ng you can easily create completely serverless client-side applications with syncing across multiple devices !

The bindings wrap the first three tiers (Client, DatastoreManager, Datastore) of the Dropbox Datastore API within Angular Promises. This is because only the first three tiers use callbacks and because it creates a easy to follow chain of async function calls rather than the hell usually associated with callback heavy libraries. The Dropbox Datastore API is also wrapped with promises to create a simple way to ensure that the AngularJS scope is updated properly. dropstore-ng also provides AngularJS publish/subscribe functionality allowing applications to listen for local and/or remote updates to the datastores.

Live Demo: Real-time TODO app.

Check out the example-todo branch for more the live demo code.

Usage

Include dropbox javascript sdk, angular.js and dropstore-ng.js in your application.

<script src="https://www.dropbox.com/static/api/dropbox-datastores-1.0-latest.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/angularjs/1.0.7/angular.min.js"></script>
<script src="dropstore-ng.js"></script>

Add the module dropstore-ng as a dependency to your app module:

var myapp = angular.module('myapp', ['dropstore-ng']);

Quick Start

Set dropstoreClient as a service dependency in your controller:

myapp.controller('MyCtrl', ['$scope', 'dropstoreClient',
  function MyCtrl($scope, dropstoreClient) {
    ...
  }
]);

Create an authentication handler that will be called when the controller first loads. dropstore-ng just wraps the standard authenticate method inside of a promise. The success callback of the authenticate method is a modified datastoreManager object.

$scope.tasks = [];
dropstoreClient.create({key: 'YOUR_APP_KEY_HERE'})
    .authenticate({interactive: true})
    .then(function(datastoreManager){
        console.log('completed authentication');
        return datastoreManager.openDefaultDatastore();
    });

the datastoreManager and the datastore objects has been modified such that their instance methods are wrapped in promises:

    ...
    .then(function(datastore){
        var taskTable = datastore.getTable('tasks');
        $scope.tasks =  taskTable.query();
    })

You can display the datastore report items using the standard Dropbox Datastore API commands:

<ul>
    <li ng-repeat="task in tasks">
       {{task.get('taskname')}}
    </li>
</ul>

See the source for the controller behind the todo app for a working example including syncing changes.

Dropbox Datastore API and Promises

As I stated above, only the first three tiers of the Dropbox Datastore API are wrapped in AngularJS Promises. Only methods that make use of callbacks are wrapped in promises, all other instance methods are passed through like usual. I've included the full documentation on the modified instance methods, and how to use them, below:

Dropbox Client


All unmentioned instance methods for the standard Dropbox.Client are transparently aliased. Only wrapped/changed functionality methods are documented here. Refer to Dropbox SDK Documentation for Dropbox.Client for more information.

dropstoreClient.create

alias for Dropbox.client.constructor

dropstoreClient.authenticate

Dropbox.Client.authenticate has been wrapped in a promise, such that the callback parameter is not necessary. On success, a dropstoreDatastoreManager object is returned, which wraps the Dropbox.Datastore.DatastoreManager

    dropstoreClient.authenticate({interactive: true})
        .then(function(datastoreManager){
            console.log('auth successful');
            ..
        }, function(error){
            console.log('auth failure');
            ..
        };

dropstoreClient.getDatastoreManager

Dropbox.Client.getDatastoreManager has been modified to return a dropstoreDatastoreManager, which wraps the standard Dropbox.Datastore.DatastoreManager in promises.

dropstoreClient.signOut

Dropbox.Client.signOut has been wrapped in a promise, such that the callback parameter is not necessary. On success nothing is returned, however failures will passthrough a Dropbox.ApiError object

    dropstoreClient.signOut({mustInvalidate: true})
        .then(function(){
            console.log('signout successful');
            ..
        }, function(error){
            console.log('signout failure');
            ..
        };

dropstoreClient.getAccountInfo

Dropbox.Client.getAccountInfo has been wrapped in a promise, such that the callback parameter is not necessary. On success the Dropbox.AccountInfo object will be passed through and failures will passthrough a Dropbox.ApiError object

    dropstoreClient.getAccountInfo({httpCache: true})
        .then(function(accountInfo){
            console.log('getAccountIno successful');
            ..
        }, function(error){
            console.log('getAccountInfo failure');
            ..
        };

Other methods

Dropbox.Client has many methods. Currently only the following methods are transparently aliased to the Client. dropstoreClient.dropboxUid, dropstoreClient.credentials, dropstoreClient.isAuthenticated, dropstoreClient.getUserInfo

Dropbox Datastore DatastoreManager


All unmentioned instance methods for the standard Dropbox.Datastore.DatastoreManager are transparently aliased. Only wrapped/changed functionality methods are documented here. Refer to Dropbox SDK Documentation for Dropbox.Datastore.DatastoreManager for more information.

dropstoreDatastoreManager.openDefaultDatastore

Dropbox.Datastore.DatastoreManager.openDefaultDatastore has been wrapped in a promise, such that the callback parameter is not necessary. On success, a dropstoreDatastore object is returned, which wraps the Dropbox.Datastore. Failures will passthrough a Dropbox.ApiError object

    dropstoreDatastoreManager.openDefaultDatastore()
        .then(function(datastore){
            console.log('openDefaultDatastore successful');
            ..
        }, function(error){
            console.log('openDefaultDatastore failure');
            ..
        };

dropstoreDatastoreManager.openDatastore dropstoreDatastoreManager.createDatastore

openDatastore and createDatastore follow the pattern listed above. On success, a dropstoreDatastore object is returned, which wraps the Dropbox.Datastore. Failures will passthrough a Dropbox.ApiError object

dropstoreDatastoreManager.listDatastoreIds

Dropbox.Datastore.DatastoreManager.listDatastoreIds has been wrapped in a promise, such that the callback parameter is not necessary. On success, a Array<String> is returned, which lists the IDs of all accessible datastores. Failures will passthrough a Dropbox.ApiError object

    dropstoreDatastoreManager.listDatastoreIds()
        .then(function(datastore){
            console.log('listDatastoreIds successful');
            ..
        }, function(error){
            console.log('listDatastoreIds failure');
            ..
        };

dropstoreDatastoreManager.deleteDatastore

Dropbox.Datastore.DatastoreManager.deleteDatastore has been wrapped in a promise, such that the callback parameter is not necessary. On success nothing is returned Failures will passthrough a Dropbox.ApiError object

    dropstoreDatastoreManager.deleteDatastore()
        .then(function(){
            console.log('deleteDatastore successful');
            ..
        }, function(error){
            console.log('deleteDatastore failure');
            ..
        };

dropstoreDatastoreManager.DatastoreListChanged Event

dropstore-ng allows you to easily subscribe and unsubscribe from dropbox.js events, and ensure that your $scope is updated properly.

    //to subscribe to changes..
    var ptr = datastoreManager.SubscribeDatastoreListChanged(function(datastoreListids){
        for(var ndx in datastoreListids){
            console.log(datastoreListids[ndx]);
            $scope.ids = datastoreListids;
        }
    });

    //and to unsubscribe
    datastoreManager.UnsubscribeDatastoreListChanged(ptr);

Dropbox Datastore


All unmentioned instance methods for the standard Dropbox.Datastore are transparently aliased. Only wrapped/changed functionality methods are documented here. Refer to Dropbox SDK Documentation for Dropbox.Datastore for more information.

dropstoreDatastore.SyncStatusChanged Event

dropstore-ng allows you to easily subscribe and unsubscribe from dropbox.js events, and ensure that your $scope is updated properly.

    //to subscribe to all record changes..
    var ptr = datastore.SubscribeSyncStatusChanged (function(){
        console.log('sync status changed');
    });

    //and to unsubscribe
    datastore.UnsubscribeSyncStatusChanged (ptr);

dropstoreDatastore.RecordsChanged Event

dropstore-ng allows you to easily subscribe and unsubscribe from dropbox.js events, and ensure that your $scope is updated properly. The SubscribeRecordsChanged method also takes a optional secondary parameter tableid that automatically retrieves the records that changed for a specific table.

    //to subscribe to all record changes..
    var ptr = datastore.SubscribeRecordsChanged(function(event){
        var records = event.affectedRecordsForTable('tasks');
        for(var ndx in records){
            console.log(records[ndx].get('taskname'));
            $scope.tasks.push(records[ndx]);
        }
    });

    //with optional tableid parameter
    var ptr = datastore.SubscribeRecordsChanged(function(records){
        for(var ndx in records){
            console.log(records[ndx].get('taskname'));
            $scope.tasks.push(records[ndx]);
        }
    }, 'tasks');

    //and to unsubscribe
    datastore.UnsubscribeRecordsChanged(ptr);

TODO

  • Dropbox.Client has many methods. Currently only the methods directly related to account information or authentication are handled, other file related instance methods should be coming shortly.
  • Tests for the dropstore-ng framework are coming shortly.

Pull Requests

To make a pull request, please do the following:

Mention what specific version of dropbox.js and dropstore-ng.js you were using when you encountered the issue/added the feature. This can be accessed by looking at the dropstore-ng.js file header. Provide a pastie or gist that demonstrates the bug/feature Do not modify the version header. I will modify that manually when merging the request

License

Copyright (c) 2013 Jason Kulatunga, released under the MIT license