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Ruled Router

Router parser designed for migrating some apps in @jimengio.

Live Version


ruled-router explained

Router is part of a GUI application so definitely it is explained by MVC. Popular router libraries for React chases better syntax and seamless integration to JSX, thus shadows its nature of MVC. In data-driven applications today, it would be clearer to have model part extracted out and playing the role as Model.

Steps in using router:

  • address changes and we have the new address string,
  • parse address from url string to JSON data, based on pre-defined rules,
  • render Virtual DOM with store and JSON data from router.

React as well as other data-driven architectures prefer "Single Source of Truth". Normally store is supposed to be all the truth. But since browsers does not handle controls of address bar over to developers totally, it still holds a small part of truth inside.


Say the path is:


parsed it with some rules:

let pageRules = [
    path: "home",
    next: [
        path: "plant/:plantId",
        next: [
            path: "shop/:shopId/:corner"

let router: IRouteParseResult = parseRoutePath(this.props.location.pathname, pageRules);

After parsing you will get:

A piece of JSON data...
  "raw": "home",
  "name": "home",
  "matches": true,
  "restPath": ["plant", "123", "shop", "456", "789"],
  "params": {},
  "data": {},
  "next": {
    "raw": "plant/:plantId",
    "name": "plant",
    "matches": true,
    "restPath": ["shop", "456", "789"],
    "params": {
      "plantId": "123"
    "data": {
      "plantId": "123"
    "next": {
      "raw": "shop/:shopId/:corner",
      "name": "shop",
      "matches": true,
      "next": null,
      "restPath": [],
      "data": {
        "shopId": "456",
        "corner": "789"
      "params": {
        "plantId": "123",
        "shopId": "456",
        "corner": "789"

Or in a more intuitive syntax:

{:raw "home",
 :name "home",
 :matches true,
 :restPath ["plant" "123" "shop" "456" "789"],
 :params {},
 :data {},
 :next {:raw "plant/:plantId",
        :name "plant",
        :matches true,
        :restPath ["shop" "456" "789"],
        :params {:plantId "123"},
        :data {:plantId "123"},
        :next {:raw "shop/:shopId/:corner",
               :name "shop",
               :matches true,
               :next nil,
               :restPath [],
               :data {:shopId "456", :corner "789"},
               :params {:plantId "123", :shopId "456", :corner "789"}}}}

The you may use the data as props.router paired with switch/case:

let Container: FC<{ router: IRouteParseResult }> = props => {
  switch ( {
    case "home":
      return <Home router={} />;
      return "Other pages";


ruled-router does not utilities for changing the address, you may need to change url and watch url changes by your own.

Components for triggering path change:

<HashLink to="/" text="DEMO" />

// delay in seconds
<HashRedirect to="/" delay={1.2} />

Normally the path can be long and writing by hand is erroneous. Our solution is generating methods from the rules defined above with the library router-code-generator.


Find a target route operator from generated router methods:

findRouteTarget(genRouter.a.b, "c");


  • query parsing is supported in our own codebase, need to extract out.