Mers

*_Mongoose *_Express *_Rest *_Service

#Mers *_Mongoose *_Express *_Rest *_Service

Mers is a plugin for express to expose mongoose finders as simple crud/rest operations.  The
basic idea being you should just define your model and your finders and the rest should be be magic.
    var mers = require('mers');
    app.use('/rest', mers({uri:'mongodb://localhost/rest_example_prod'}).rest());

Configuration options include uri: mongoose:mongoose, //your mongoose instance. [error][error]:function //your custom error handler. responseStream:function //your custom respost stream See: lib/streams.js transformer:function //your custom transformer factory

###If you had a schema such as

var mongoose = require('mongoose'), Schema = mongoose.Schema,
 ObjectId = mongoose.Schema.ObjectId;
 
var CommentSchema = new Schema({
 title:String, body:String, date:Date
});
 
 
var BlogPostSchema = new Schema({
 author:ObjectId, title:String, body:String, buf:Buffer, date:Date, comments:[CommentSchema], meta:{
     votes:Number, favs:Number
 }
});
/**
* Note this must return a query object.   If it doesn't well, I dunno what it'll do.
* @param q
* @param term
*/
BlogPostSchema.statics.findTitleLike = function findTitleLike(qterm) {
 return this.find({'title':new RegExp(q.title || term, 'i')});
}
var Comment = module.exports.Comment = mongoose.model('Comment', CommentSchema);
var BlogPost = module.exports.BlogPost = mongoose.model('BlogPost', BlogPostSchema);

you could then access it at listing.

http://localhost:3000/rest/blogpost/
http://localhost:3000/rest/blogpost/$id
http://localhost:3000/rest/blogpost/$id/comments
http://localhost:3000/rest/blogpost/$id/comments/$id
http://localhost:3000/rest/blogpost/$id/comments/0

###Pagination Pagination is also supported via skip= and limit= query params.

http://localhost:3000/rest/blogpost/$id?skip=10&limit=10

###Population Mongoose populate is supported, but this will be changing shortly to allow for more fine grained controll over population. Currently you can do

http://localhost:3000/rest/blogpost?populate=comments

or to specify particular fields.

http://localhost:3000/rest/blogpost?skip=10&populate[comments]=title,date

###Filter Filtering is available for strings. To find all the blog posts with C in the title.

http://localhost:3000/rest/blogpost?filter[title]=C

To filter all String fields that have a C in them

http://localhost:3000/rest/blogpost?filter=C

###Sorting Sorting is supported 1 ascending -1 ascending.

http://localhost:3000/rest/blogpost?sort=title:1,date:-1

###Transformer Transformers can be registered on startup. A simple TransformerFactory is included. Something that takes security into account could be added. Currently this is only supported on the get operations. May change the responses to post to send location, though I find that pretty inconvient.

 
app.use('/rest', require('mers').rest({
    mongoose:mongoose,
    transformers:{
           renameid:function(Modellabel){
            //do some setup but return function. 
              return function(obj){
                obj.id = obj._id;
                delete obj._id;
                //don't forget to return the object.  Null will filter it from the results. 
                return obj;
              }
           }
      }
    }));
}

to get results transformered just add

 http://localhost:3000/rest/blogpost?transform=renameid

It handles get/put/post/delete I'll add some docs on that some day, but pretty much as you expect, or I expect anyways. see tests/routes-mocha.js for examples.

###Static Finders It should also be able to be used with Class finders. Now handles class finders. Note: They must return a query object. They are passed the query object and the rest of the url. All of the populate's, filters, transforms should work.

 
/**
 * Note this must return a query object.
 * @param q
 * @param term
 */
BlogPostSchema.statics.findTitleLike = function findTitleLike(qterm) {
    return this.find({'title':new RegExp(q.title || term, 'i')});
}
 

So you can get the url

http://localhost:3000/rest/blogpost/finder/findTitleLike?title=term

or

http://localhost:3000/rest/blogpost/finder/findTitleLike/term

To create a custom error handler

 
   app.use('/rest, rest({
         error : function(err, req, res, next){
               res.send({
                   status:1,
                   error:err && err.message
               });
           }).rest());
 

You can transform your results by adding a custom transformer and or adding a new TransformerFactory

 
   app.use('/rest, rest({
         transformers :{
          cooltranform:function(Model, label){
             return function(obj){
                    obj.id = obj._id;
                    delete obj._id;
                    return obj; //returning null removes it from the output
             }
          } }).rest());
 

You can create your own result stream. It needs to subclass Stream be writable.

##Examples. An example of a customized rest service can be found at

https://github.com/jspears/backbone-directory