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README.md

Ember-cli-emflux

Flux library for Ember

Build Status

Installation

npm install --save-dev ember-cli-emflux

or

ember install ember-cli-emflux

Introduction

pods/components/main/component.js:

import Ember from 'ember';
import { dispatch } from 'emflux/dispatcher';

export default Ember.Component.extend({
  // Get (read) access to all stores
  stores: Ember.inject.service(),

  // Expose posts collection from todos store
  posts: Ember.computed.oneWay('stores.todos.posts'),

  newPost: '',

  actions: {
    newTodoPost() {
      dispatch('CREATE_TODO', { body: this.get('newPost') });
      this.set('newPost', '');
    }
  }
});

pods/components/main/template.hbs:

{{#each posts key="id" as |post|}}
    <p>{{post.body}}</p>
{{/each}}

{{input value=newPost action="newTodoTpost"}}

stores/todos.js:

import Ember from 'ember';
import Store from 'emflux/store';

export default Store.extend({
  // Posts collection, an array of post models. Stores are singletons,
  // array doesn't need to be initialized in init().
  posts: Ember.A([]),

  handleCreateTodo(params) {
    fetch('/users', {
      method: 'post',
      headers: { 'Content-Type': 'application/json' },
      body: JSON.stringify({ body: params.body }).then(function(response) {
        if (response.status === 200) {
          // Server accepted the new post. Add it to the collection.
          this.get('posts').push(Ember.Object.create({ body: body}))
        }
      }
    })
  }
});

All modules in /stores directory are automatically instantiated and registered as store object singletons when the Ember app starts.

dispatch() will call matching handler functions from all stores. For example, ADD_ARTICLE_COMMENT event is handled by handleAddArticleEvent method.

To get the most benefits from flux architecture in Ember app:

  • Don't add any logic to Ember controllers.
  • Don't set any models in Ember routes. Instead only dispatch route change event from them. This event should update current route state that is kept in one of the stores. Additionally route template should just speficy the root component for the route. Then access models through stores service that is available for all components.
  • Use dispatcher getStore function to access stores from objects that are not components. getStore also allows a store to read data from another store.
  • Use Ember action only between child and parent component when no other component or server doesn't need to know about it. In practice you probably need Ember actions rarely.
  • Don't mutate store data in components (D'oh!) Only event handlers in stores are allowed to mutate store models.

An example store structure of a real-world Ember app is available

Status

This library has been recently extracted from a sizeable Ember app. More background information is available in this blog post.

For the time being, before 1.0.0 release, API should be considered unstable between releases.

API

dispatcher:

dispatch(name, params, acceptCb, rejectCb)

Dispatch an event that stores can process.

Parameters

type (string, mandatory) Action name, can contain uppercase characters and underscore.

params (hash, optional) Parameter hash that will be given to the action handler in the store.

acceptCb (function, optional) Callback that the action handler can call if it considers the action as accepted.

rejectedCb (function, optional) Callback that the action handler can call if it considers the action as rejected.

Return value

none

getStore(name)

Get a store singleton object. Note that getStore() can't be called from other store's init() as initialization order of the stores is not guaranteed.

Parameters

name (string, mandatory) Store name.

Return value

Store singleton object or null if the store doesn't exist.

getAllStores()

Parameters

none

Return value

An array containing JavaScript objects with two keys, name (string) and store (reference to singleton).

Serialization and snapshotting

This is an experimental feature.

If a store implements both toJSON() and fromJSON(object) methods, emflux will enable snapshotting. toJSON method gets then called once in a minute. Object it returns is run through JSON.stringify() and saved to a local storage. Then later when the app is restarted, emflux will fetch the saved local storage snapshot and pass JSON parsed object to fromJSON() which then restores the store state. The data you want to persist is defined by the toJSON() method, it can be whole or partial store state.

Currently this feature can be used to make the app to start faster.

Running Tests

  • ember test
  • ember test --server

Todo

  • Consider of adding action creator module