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Expressive Tea

A Clean, simple, modulable, extendable ExpressJS over Typescript framework.
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About the project

Expressive Tea is a framework to help build server-side applications in NodeJS and use modern Javascript powered by Typescript. As Expressive Tea is using express is compatible with all the middlewares and modules and provides easy migration from express applications.

Expressive Tea is a flexible framework. It also gives developers the freedom to build their architectures by providing descriptive decorators, a plugin engine, shareable modules, and modern Javascript.


Server-side applications contain excellent tools, helpers, and libraries to improve productivity, but at the same time, it haves a considerable downside, architecture. Expressive Tea's primary motivation is a relief the stress of the architecture by providing shareable/pluggable projects; you can write a plugin to set up express middlewares, databases settings, or WebSockets, to name some; and you can share them through your following projects or the community. The main goal is making uncomplicated creation of server-side applications, module-driven, pluggable, accessible, and effortless architecture.

Main goal is making uncomplicaded creation of server-side applications, modulables, plugables, free and efortless architecture.


  • Easy Setting up and start-up of a webserver.
  • Extends and configuration with plugins and well-defined boot stages.
  • Modules are not complex dependencies and can be shareable between projects.
  • Declare Server Middlewares configuration as hard or soft dependent at the server level.
  • Dependency Injection is available for controllers as providers declared in modules using InversifyJs.
  • Declarative Router on Controllers.
  • Declarative Verbs and Middlewares under module and verb level.
  • Declarative Exceptions for a better Error Handling.

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Getting Started


Important! Expressive Tea requires Node >= 6, Express >= 4, TypeScript >= 2.0 and the experimentalDecorators, lib compilation options in your tsconfig.json with the next configuration.

Expressive Tea is woking as Bring Your Own Architecture, which means is not include any plugin or particular configuration for Express.

Installation using Tea CLI

Installing tea

npm i -g @expressive-tea/tea

Create a Project

tea brew <name_of_project>

Run Project

In the project directory.

tea serve

Installation by pure typescript

npm i --save @zerooneit/expressive-tea

Setting up Typescript

  "compilerOptions": {
    "baseUrl": ".",
    "sourceMap": true,
    "noEmit": true,
    "noImplicitAny": true,
    "target": "es6",
    "lib": ["es6", "dom"],
    "module": "commonjs",
    "moduleResolution": "node",
    "experimentalDecorators": true,
    "emitDecoratorMetadata": true


You can look into our simple example here, or edit or see how is working on our live preview.


Please read CONTRIBUTING.md for details on our code of conduct and the process for submitting pull requests to us.


We use SemVer for versioning. For the versions available, see the tags on this repository.


  • Diego Resendez - Lead Developer / Author - zerooneit

See also the list of contributors who participated in this project.


If you are experiencing any issues, we will be happy to help. You can report a problem using the issues page or the chat. You can also ask questions at Stack overflow using the expressive-tea tag.

If you want to share your thoughts with the development team or join us, you will do so using the official mailing list. You can check out the wiki to learn more about Expressive Tea internals or check our documentation.

Expressive Tea is an open-source project; our goal is to create a fantastic framework that helps build marvelous server-side applications. If you like to join as a Sponsor or backer to continue growing, don't hesitate to get in touch with us at projects@zero-oneit.com.

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This project is licensed under the Apache-2.0 License - see the LICENSE file for details.


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