jediJS is a super-simple and lightweight Javascript dependency injection framework
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jediJS is a super-simple and lightweight javascript dependency injection framework. It is in fact so small that it is only 65 lines / 2k UNZIPPED!

It is extremely simple, all it provides is the ability to wrap your functions / classes as modules, and request other modules as injected dependencies. The first time a module is requested, the dependency chain is traversed and all required modules are loaded for the requested module. The purpose of JediJS is to be this simple.

I created it as I was playing around with a Backbone application, and I wanted something nice and easy to use to make my Backbone classes 'injectable' so my app would be more modular and easy to test. I downloaded RequireJS, looked at the 2000k+ lines / 80k development file and just thought it was overkill for the majority of cases. I started hacking something together and JediJS is what I came up with. I've been using it for a while now and find it is very versatile so I thought I would share it in the hope it can make someone else's life a little easier.


For a basic but working example of using jediJS in a page pull the repository and run example/index.html.


jediJS provides only 2 methods, one for registering modules and one for requesting modules.

Registering Modules

If a module has no dependencies you can register it calling jedi.register with 2 parameters, the first is the name of the module you are registering, the second is a function which returns your module:

jedi.register('SuperDuperMessageProvider', function () {
	return {
		whatAmI: function () {
			return 'Super Duper';

If a module DOES have dependencies the call to jedi.register is slightly more complicated as it takes an extra parameter, an array of all the modules names your module needs to run:

jedi.register('SuperDuperMessageProvider', ['Messages'], function (Messages) {
	return {
		whatAmI: function () {
			var messages = new Messages();
			return messages.getMessage();

As you can see in this call to register, we passed in an array requesting the module 'Messages'. We then passed this dependency in to our module function as paramater so it can be used in our new module.

One important thing to note is the the name of the parameter passed in to the module is irrelevant, as long as the order of the parameters match the order of the dependency names in the array we are good to go. The great thing about this is it allows us to minify our JS files without breaking anything (WOOHOO!).

Loading Modules

Now we have registered a module we probably want to load it. Again this is dead simple, a quick call to jedi.module and jedi returns us our module complete with all dependencies injected:

var SuperDuperMessageProvider = jedi.module('SuperDuperMessageProvider');

Temporary Mocking

Often when testing your modules you will find yourself needing to temporarily mock it's dependencies. This is not possible using the register method. You can get jediJS to return a mock instead of the actual requested module by calling jedi.registerMock. Every subsequent request for the module you are mocking will return the mock instead of the real module. The original module is not overriten, it is simply ignore until you call jedi.deleteMock to clear your mocking module.

Below is a typical example of injecting / deleting a mock in a test setup / tear down:

describe('SuperDuperMessageProvider', function () {
	var msgProvider;
	beforeEach(function () {
		// setup Messages mock to be passed to our SuperDuperMessageProvider
		jedi.registerMock('Messages', function () {
			return function () {
				return 'This is a mocked message';

		var SuperDuperMessageProvider = jedi.module('SuperDuperMessageProvider');
		msgProvider = new SuperDuperMessageProvider();

	afterEach(function () {
		// clear the mock so as not to break any subsequent tests which may need to use the
		// real Messages module

	it('should call getMessage on Messages module', function () {
		var Messages = jedi.module('Messages');
		expect(msgProvider.whatAmI()).toEqual('This is a mocked message');