Application level control flow library
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This is yet another try to solve callback hell and 500+ LOC files. Split your codebase into small easy to test and maintain modules and feed it to Broom. It will run your code according to each module dependencies. Broom will handle parallel and sequental execution of your modules where it needed. Build Status

How can I install it?

If you use node 0.6.x npm install broom@0.0.7 If you use node 0.8.x npm install broom

How can I use it?

assume you have directory structure like this:

  • app
    • modules
      • first
        • index.js
      • second
        • index.js
      • third
        • index.js


  var Broom = require('broom').broom;
  var flow = new Broom({
    'fileName': 'index.js', //Broom will hunt for only for files with this name, so you can put any other files in brooms module directory.
    'dependenciesName': 'deps', //Broom will check this property for module dependencies
    'entryName': 'onStart' //What function Broom should run
  flow.setRootPath(__dirname); //pointing to modules root directory

  flow.scan('./app/modules', function (err, done) { //path is relative to rootPath
    if (!done) {
      console.error('broom scan dirs completed with errors');

  //then set root arguments, you can reach them with {'main': '/'} in deps property of your modules
  flow.setRootArgs({'request': request, 'models': models}); //assume that we handling http request

  //run it (err, data) {
    //if any module pass error as first parameter to callback - flow will stop immideately and call final callback

    //you can reach results of your modules by path to index.js from Broom`s root

module example


var MyFirstModule = function () {
  this.deps = {
    'main': '/',
    'sec': '/second',
    'third': '/third'
  this.onStart = this.entryPoint.bind(this);
MyFirstModule.prototype.entryPoint = function (callback, data) {
  //here you can access results of second/index.js with data.sec
  callback(null, {});
module.exports = MyFirstModule;


var MySecondModule = function () {
  this.deps = {
    'main': '/'
  this.onStart = this.entryPoint.bind(this);
MySecondModule.prototype.entryPoint = function (callback, data) {
  //here you can access root args with data.main

  setTimeout(function () { //all dependent modules will run only when you call callback with results
    callback(null, {});
  }, 1000);

module.exports = MySecondModule;


var MyThirdModule = function () {
  this.deps = {
    'main': '/'
  this.onStart = this.entryPoint.bind(this);
MyThirdModule.prototype.entryPoint = function (callback, data) {
  //here you can access root args with data.main
  callback(null, {});
module.exports = MyThirdModule;

Modules second and third will execute in parallel, and than first module will executed with results of second and third modules, after that final callback will be called with all results.

If any module pass error as it first parameter - Broom will stop and call final callback(passed to run function) with error

Common tasks and code reusing

Common tasks like validating user etc. can be extracted to standalone broom module and augment any flow with mainFlow.extend(secondaryFlow);. Do not forget to run Broom.testTree after augmentation.

catching errors API


validate all dependencies in execution tree, it will output to console all unresolved, circular dependencies and when module depends on itself situations.


if set to true, Broom will look for functions that executes more than Broom.timeLimit mseconds and output into console it's name and arguments.


Array with functions that called before every module, all that function returns will passed to Broom.afterEach functions


Array with functions that called after every module with results that returned from beforeEach functions.

beforeEach and afterEach example

  var flow = new Broom();
  flow.debug = true;
  flow.beforeEach.push(function (pathToModule, moduleArguments) {
  flow.afterEach.push(function (pathToModule, beforeEachArgs) {
    console.log(pathToModule + ' executes ' + ( - beforeEachArgs[0]) + ' ms');


max execution time in milliseconds for single function.