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Meteor Collection Extensions

This package gives you utility functions to extend your Mongo.Collection instances in (hopefully) the safest, easiest and coolest way. If you want to create a package that monkey-patches the Mongo.Collection constructor, you'll need this package. I am striving for this package to be a third-party official way of monkey-patching Mongo.Collection until, well, Meteor decides to create a core functionality to properly extend it.

If you'd like to contribute check out the Hackpad discussion.

Installation

meteor add lai:collection-extensions

Why

Meteor gives you no easy way to extend the Mongo.Collection object, and therefore package publishers who want to extend its functionality resort to monkey-patching the Mongo.Collection constructor, and sometimes it's not done right. This package seeks to centralize one well-done monkey-patch with the ability to hook into the constructor as many times as possible. See my code.

I am hoping for all collection-extending package authors to to use this to end the package compatibility issues. In order for this to happen, I will fork major packages like matb33:collection-hooks, sewdn:collection-behaviours and refactor the code to use this utility package, and run their test suites. If you want to help, that would be awesome.

API

CollectionExtensions.addExtension(fn ([name, options]) {})

Pass in a function where the arguments are the same as that of when instantiating Mongo.Collection. In addition, you may access the collection instance by using this. Very Important: You need to make sure your extensions are added before you instantiate your Mongo.Collections or your extensions will not work. Most likely you will only use this when building a custom package.

CollectionExtensions.addPrototype(name, fn (...) {})

Pass in the name of the prototype function as well as the function. Yes, I know you can simply just do Mongo.Collection.prototype.myPrototypeFunction = function (...) {}, which is fine. One of the things that this function does differently is to check whether you're in an older version of Meteor, in which Mongo.Collection doesn't exist but rather Meteor.Collection does. Note: If you are a package author that adds/modifies prototypes on the Mongo.Collection, this is not so critical for you to use unless you really want backwards-compatibility.

Usage

The following code recreates this section of code of the dburles:mongo-collection-instances using CollectionExtensions.addExtension(fn) thereby eliminating the need to monkey-patch the Mongo.Collection constructor:

var instances = [];

CollectionExtensions.addExtension(function (name, options) {
  instances.push({
    name: name,
    instance: inst,
    options: options
  });
});

The following code recreates the entire dburles:collection-helpers package using CollectionExtensions.addPrototype(name, fn):

var Document = {};

CollectionExtensions.addPrototype('helpers', function (helpers) {
  var self = this;

  if (self._transform && ! self._hasCollectionHelpers)
    throw new Meteor.Error("Can't apply helpers to '" +
      self._name + "' a transform function already exists!");

  if (! self._hasCollectionHelpers) {
    Document[self._name] = function(doc) { return _.extend(this, doc); };
    self._transform = function(doc) { return new Document[self._name](doc); };
    self._hasCollectionHelpers = true;
  }
  
  _.each(helpers, function(helper, key) {
    Document[self._name].prototype[key] = helper;
  });
});

Todo

Integrate this package into the following packages and test them:

Create tests.

Contributing

If you are interested in using this package in your package, or if you want me to test (or if YOU want to test it yourself) integrating this into your package let me know and I will add it to the Todo list.

Feedback is welcome.

Future

Add control over the execution order of each collection extension somehow. Track collection instances that were prematurely instantiated and apply extensions on demand. Get Travis CI installed.

License

The MIT License (MIT)

Copyright (c) 2015 Richard Lai

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.

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