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seneca-engage - a Seneca plugin

Handle web visitor engagements

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Prerequisites

seneca-engage is a Seneca plugin. In order to use seneca-engage, you must have Seneca installed in your project. Make sure seneca is a dependency in your package.json file, and run npm install

Setup

Add seneca-engage to your project by adding it as a dependency in your package.json file:

"dependencies": {
  ...
  "seneca-engage": "X.Y.Z",
  ...
}

where X, Y, and Z are the appropriate version numbers. Run npm install to install all of the dependencies, including seneca-engage.

Since seneca-engage is a seneca plugin, it can be registered to the seneca instance simply by adding the line

seneca.use('engage');

Then, in order for the engage plugin and other web-plugins to be available on the server (in this case a connect server), all you need to add to the server is the seneca web middleware:

var app = connect();
app.use( seneca.export('web') );
app.listen(3000);

The engage commands are now available via the seneca.act() API. For example, to call the get command, with the key 'myKey', you could write

seneca.act('role:engage, cmd:get', {key:'myKey'}, callback);

Alternatively, you can pin the engage role to a variable via the seneca.pin() API and call the commands as methods.

var engagement = seneca.pin({role:'engage',cmd:'*'});
engage.get({key:'myKey'}, callback);

Commands

set(options, callback)

Creates a key-value pair for the current user engagement, which can be accessed later by using the get function.

  • options Object
    • key String - identifier for value in engagement
    • value String Number Object - value to set, can be any type.
  • callback Function - takes two arguements, err and out. out is an object with property token, which stores the unique cookie token used to keep track of the user's engagement.

get(options, callback)

Retrieves the value associated with a key in the current user engagement.

  • options Object
    • key String - identifier for value in engagement
    • token String - used to determine the current user engagement. token can be omitted if the seneca-engage plugin is being called from the request object in a server callback, since the token will be retrieved from the request object (see example).
  • callback Function - takes two arguements, err and out. out is an object with property value, which the value associated with the requested key.

Example

To run the following example, copy the code into a file, (e.g. engage.app.js) and download the dependencies by running

$ npm install seneca connect seneca-engage

To run try the program, run the command $ node engage.app.js. Then navigate to localhost:3000/?k=key1&v=val1 to set the enagement variable key1 to the string val1. Then navigate to localhost:3000/?k=key1 to see the current value of key1. Try other variable names and values, and experiment with closing and reopening the browser to see the values persist.

var connect = require('connect')

var seneca = require('seneca')()

seneca.use( 'engage' )

seneca.act({role:'web',use:function(req,res,next){
  var key = req.query.k
  var val = req.query.v

  if( val ) {
    req.seneca.act('role:engage,cmd:set',{key:key,value:val},respond)
  }
  else {
    req.seneca.act('role:engage,cmd:get',{key:key},respond)
  }

  function respond(err,out) {
    if( err) return next(err);

    res.writeHead(200)
    res.end('key '+key+'='+out.value)
  }

}})



var app = connect()
app.use( connect.query() )
app.use( seneca.export('web') )

app.listen(3000)
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