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disto

(deprecated, consider using redux instead)

  • follows the original flux architecture
  • a simple api, with no new concepts
  • leans heavily on regular functions
  • stores have no setters or ajax / async calls
  • shorthand notation for action creators, with async function / promise support
  • live editing experience across action creators / stores / views
  • timetravel helper
  • includes mixin to polyfill sideloading data on components
  • browser / server / react-native compatible, because apparently that's a thing now
  • really tiny - base ~2k, another 2k for dev goodies.
  • tests
  • i love you

npm install disto --save

var {Dis} = require('disto');
// Dispatcher class.

dispatcher

The dispatcher uses the fb dispatcher under the hood, but the api is tweaked for our stores / actions

var dispatcher = new Dis();

dispatcher.register(initialState, fn, compare)

dispatcher.unregister(store)

dispatcher.dispatch(action, ...args)

dispatcher.waitFor(...stores)

dispatcher.act(creators)

actions

Action creators can be however you choose. This is how I write them.

The action creator helper takes a map of key/values, and generates a collection of functions that, when each are called, dispatches a unique action along with passed arguments further calling any optional function passed in the map.

Indeed, we use the action creator itself as the 'actionType' to much convenience

What this means, is that you'll likely never have to dispatch a raw action by yourself.

Also, since these are unique objects (with readable string representations), you also don't have to worry about global namepace clashes.

var $ = dispatcher.act({
  init: '',   // use a blank string for default function
  a: '',
  b: function(){
    console.log('possible fire an ajax request here');
  },
  c: function(){
    // you can alias to another creator like so
    $.b();
  },
  d: function(){
    // creators can also call an optional .done() action
    // this is useful for ajax / other async operations
    setTimeout(function(){
      $.d.done('any', 'args', 'you', 'like');
    }, 500);
  }
  e: function(){
    // you can also return a Promise from an action creator,
    // and .done() gets called when it resolves
    return new Promise(function(resolve, reject){
      resolve('success!');
    });
  },
  f: async function(q){
    // you can use es7 async functions
    // and .done() will get called when it finishes
    return await fetch(`/search/${q}`);
  },
  g: async function(q){
    // finally, throwing errors / rejecting promises will call .error()
    throw new Error('disto');
  }
}, 'baconium' /* optional prefix to dev strings */);

// $.a is now a function

$.a(1, 2, 3);  // dispatches [$.a, 1, 2, 3] to all stores

console.log($.a.toString())  // baconium:~:a

$.b();  // dispatches [$.b], and then logs "possibly fire..."

$.c();  // dispatches [$.c], then [$.b], and then logs "possibly fire..."

$.d();  // dispatches [$.d], later [$.d.done, 'any', 'args', 'you', 'like']

$.e();  // dispatches [$.e], then [$.e.done, 'success!']

$.f();  // dispatches [$.f], later [$.f.done, response]

$.g();  // dispatches [$.g], then [$.g.error, Error:disto]

// these actions are consumed by stores,
// which hold all the 'state'

stores

Stores are represented as initial state + a 'reduce' function that get called on every [actions, ...args] message that passes through the "system".

While this might seem terse, it's a fully open system, and you should be able to build any abstraction on top of it.

var initialState = {
  q: '',
  res: [],     // initial state
  err: null
};

function reduce(state, action, ...args){
  switch(action){
    case $.query:
      let [q] = args;
      return {
        ...state, q
      };

    case $.query.done:
      let [err, res] = args;
      return {
        ...state, err, res
      };

    default:
      return state;
  }
}

var store = dispatcher.register(initialState, reduce);

store.get()   // returns current value

// you can optionally pass in a custom 'compare' function
// which decides when to trigger 'change' events
// analogous to 'shouldComponentUpdate'

// eg, with immutable-js (https://facebook.github.io/immutable-js/)
// we'd use immutable.is to compare states

var iStore = dispatcher.register(Immutable.Map({
  loading: false,
  err: null,
  results: []
}), function(o, action, ...args){
  // returns immutable structures
}, Immutable.is);

// stores are also lightweight 'observables',

store.subscribe(function(state){
  console.log('store state changed to', state);
})

// we use this to hook on to react components via the .observe() polyfill

var mix = require('disto').mix;

var Component = React.createClass({
  mixins: [mix],
  observe: function(props){
    return {a: store1, b: store2};
  },
  render: function(){
    var data = this.state.data;
    return <div>
      current value of store 1 : {data.a}
      current value of store 2 : {data.b}
    </div>;
  }
};

hot loading

to enable hot loading of stores/actions, use hot versions of the dispatcher register/act functions

var {register, act} = require('disto').hot(dispatcher, module);

var store = register(initial, reduce);

// etc etc

(there are quirks around this that I'll document soon)

works well with react-hot-loader

time travel!

(compatible with hot mode)

// run this before registering any other stores
var r = require('disto/lib/record').setup(dispatcher, module);

var i = r.snapshot()  // takes a snapshot of current state
r.goTo(i)             // 'goes' to a particular snapshot

r.record()    // start recording
r.stop()      // stop recording
r.play()      // replay the session