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  • Isomorphic Resource engine for JavaScript
  • Resources are business logic wrapped in prototypical models with schema and validation
  • Resources support several data-providers
    • Memory
    • File-System
    • CouchDB
    • MongoDB
    • REST


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$ [sudo] npm install resourceful


Simple case

var resourceful = require('resourceful');

var Creature = resourceful.define('creature', function () {
  // Specify a storage engine

  // Specify some properties with validation

  // Specify timestamp properties

// Now that the `Creature` prototype is defined
// we can add custom logic to be available on all instances
Creature.prototype.feed = function (food) {



See the wiki for more documention.


Resource Constructor Methods

These methods are available on all user-defined resource constructors, as well as on the default resourceful.Resource constructor.

  • Resource.get(id, [callback]): Fetch a resource by id.
  • Resource.update(id, properties, [callback]): Update a resource with properties.
  • Resource.destroy(id, [callback]): Destroy a resource by id.
  • Resource.all([callback]): Fetches all resources of this type.
  • Resource.find(properties, [callback]): Find all resources of this type which satisfy properties conditions.
  •, [callback]): Saves the specified resource instance inst by overwriting all properties.
  • Resource.create(properties, [callback]): Creates a new instance of the Resource with the specified properties.
  • Instantiates a new instance of the Resource with the properties.

Resource Instance Methods

  • Resource.prototype.update(properties, [callback])
  • Resource.prototype.destroy([callback])
  • Resource.prototype.reload([callback])

Relationship Constructor Methods

These methods are available on all user-defined resource constructors which are in a relationship

  • Parent.children(id, [callback]): Fetches all the children for the specified id.
  • Parent.createChild(id, properties, [callback]): Create a child for id with the specified properties.
  • Child.byParent(id, [callback]): Fetches all the children for the parent given by id.

Relationship Instance Methods

  • Parent.prototype.children([callback])
  • Parent.prototype.createChild(properties, [callback])
  • Child.prototype.parent([callback]): Fetches the parent of the given child instance.

Relational Resources

Resourceful supports a simple Resource.parent API, supports one-one, one-many, and many-many relationships.



All tests are written with vows and should be run with npm:

  $ npm test


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