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Sinatra inspired web development framework for node -- insanely fast, flexible, and sexy

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Express

Insanely fast (and small) server-side JavaScript web development framework built on node.js and the V8 JavaScript engine.

Features (so far)

  • Sexy DSL with robust sinatra-like routing
  • High performance
  • Session support
  • Mime helpers
  • Redirection helpers
  • Nested parameter parsing
  • Full test coverage
  • Extremely readable specs
  • Test helpers (mock requests etc)
  • Environment based configuration
  • Light-weight JavaScript class implementation via js-oo
  • Collections and chainable iterators
  • ElementCollections / markup parsing via libxmljs and css selector traversal support via css2xpath
  • View support (ejs, haml, sass, etc)

Installation

Currently Express must be cloned (or downloaded), you can use the following command to get rolling and initialize the submodule dependencies:

$ git clone git://github.com/visionmedia/express.git && cd express && git submodule update --init && make app

Or with the gh utility:

$ gh clone visionmedia express && cd express && git submodule update --init && make app

Performance

Extensive benchmarking will wait until a development version has been released.

Currently Express can chew through a request with a two Haml views (page and layout) requested 2000 times with concurrency of 80 in 2.4 seconds and 814 requests per second. With no caching involved.

An identical Sinatra application was served with the Thin HTTP server and scored 8.3 seconds and 238 requests per second. In this situation Express is currently 3.5 times faster than Sinatra.

Examples

Below is a minimal app example when express is already within your load path.

require('express')
require('express/plugins')

configure(function(){
  use(MethodOverride)
  use(ContentLength)
  set('root', __dirname)
})

get('/hello', function(){
  this.contentType('html')
  return '<h1>World<h1>'
})

get('/user/:id?', function(id) {
  this.render('user.haml.html', {
    locals: {
      name: id ? 'User ' + id : 'You' 
    }
  })
})

run()

Running Tests

Express uses the JSpec BDD JavaScript testing framework to write and run elegant spec suites. JSpec is frozen to spec/lib and does not require separate installation.

To run all specifications run the following command. This will ensure git submodules are initialized and updated, as well as building test related dependencies such as libxmljs.

$ make test

To run independent specs (which do not require building of external apis etc) use:

$ make test-independant

To run dependent specs (which require building of external apis etc) use:

$ make test-dependant

Run individual suites:

$ node spec/node.js core
$ node spec/node.js mime
$ node spec/node.js routing
...

Express is currently being developed with node --version: v0.1.27

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Contributors

License

(The MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2009 TJ Holowaychuk <tj@vision-media.ca>

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the 'Software'), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED 'AS IS', WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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