Snapp for Node.js
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Or, Stop Manually Writing Lists of Routes and Start Writing your App!

Snapp makes automatic routing of your application insanely easy. It must be magic!


Not yet available in npm. For now, manually clone this repository under your node-modules folder.

Basic Example App

This makes a very simple, but fully operation webapp! Save the following as example.js:

var app = require('snapp');

app.hello = 'Hello World';

app.$index = {
  $status: 200,
  $mime: 'text/html',
  $content: '<img src="/logo.png" /><a href="/hello">Say Hi</a>'

app['logo.png'] = app.$file('logo.png');

To start, you must specify a port to run on with the -p option, as such:

node example.js -p 8080

To see the logo, add a logo.png in the same directory as your app.

Advanced Example: URL Math

Just for fun! See if you understand this, and how to properly visit it in the browser :) Pay special attention to which URLs generate a 404 error, and which URLs work.

var app = require('snapp'),
    f = parseFloat;

app.math = function(callback, context) {
    var num1 = f(context.arg());
        add: function(callback, context) {
            callback(num1 + f(context.arg()));
        multiply:function(callback, context) {
            callback(num1 * f(context.arg()));

Custom Error Pages

Normally, a 500 error shows the stack trace in the browser. If you would like to change this behavior, just add a $500 page to your application. This example logs the error to the console.

app.$500 = function(callback, context) {
    callback('Server Error');

To be Continued...