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    Merver is a Micro HTTP Server for JSON apis and Microservices or even as stepping stone to building more robust backend solutions.

    Merver is made up of three main classes to give it a modular approach, Merver, Middler, and Responder.

    SPIN UP A TEMPLATE PROJECT: npx merced-spinup merver projectName

    Merver - This is your web server that listens for requests

    Middler - each middler object allows you to create a chain of middleware which can be attached to Mervers to used before every request or attached to response objects created by a Responder to be run before the controller functions of that particular endpoint.

    Responder - An object that can create and maintains potential request responses which is attached to a Merver at construction.


    The merver object creates an http server, its constructor can be passed a config option that configures how the server works...

    const app = new Merver({
      PORT: 4001,
      middler: middleWare,

    PORT: The Port number to listen on

    responder: A responder object which carries all the routes for this application

    middler: A middler object which has the global middleware registered to it, will be run before the responder on every request

    allowOrigin: value of "Access-Control-Allow-Origin" header, defaults to "_"

    requestMethod: value of "Access-Control-Request-Method" header, defaults to "_"

    **allowMethods:**value of "Access-Control-Allow-Methods" header, defaults to "OPTIONS, GET"

    **allowHeaders:**value of "Access-Control-Allow-Headers" header, defaults to "*"

    **mwTimeout:**Amount of time in milliseconds before middleware timesout, useful if a lot of async processes in your middleware you want completed before responses. Defaults to 10 milliseconds

    **resTimeout:**Amount of time in milliseconds before routes timeout, useful if a lot of your routes complete async tasks like db call, defaults to 200 milliseconds.

    • When both timeouts occur the request will get a default "no response"

    serveState: boolean that determines whether files will be served statically or not

    publicFolder: property that says which folder to serve as a static folder, defaults to "./public"

    cache: property that determines how long files serve should be cached for


    instance.listen(callback) - Starts the server listener, will run a callback after starting listener if one is passed.


    const responder = new Responder();
      endpoint: "/",
      GET: (req, res) => {
        return res.html(`<h1>Hello World</h1>`);
      // middler: middleWare2
      endpoint: "/cheese/:param",
      GET: (req, res) => {
        return res.json({ Hello: "world" });
      // middler: middleWare2

    be careful with params as they may capture reference to static files, for example the route "/:param" will end up prioritized over "/index.html"

    The Responder Object registers routes and their responses. There is one method...

    responder.newResponse(config): Pass a new route object which has the following properties...

    • endpoint: the url string to match against (URL PARAMS CURRENTLY NOT SUPPORTED)
    • [VERB]: a function to be run for a request to the endpoint of that particular verb, format of the function is (request, response) => {}
    • middler: a middler object to run middleware only for this route


    Each middler object registers its own unique of middleware functions which can be bound globally to a Merver object or to a specific responder route.

    const middleWare = new Middler();
    middleWare.addMiddleware((req, res) =>
      console.log(`${req.method} request to ${req.url}`)
    const middleWare2 = new Middler();
    middleWare2.addMiddleware((req, res) => console.log("I am middleware 2!"));

    built-in middleware

    middler.bodyparser - can handle json and urlencoded data



    res.json(response) => method of the response object that sends a JSON response

    res.html(response) => method the response object that sends response as html string

    req.query => object of all URL query keys and values

    req.params => object with any url params which are denoted using "/:param/" in your routes.

    Running Merver via HTTPS

    Merver.init() the server callback function seperated from the http object in case you'd like to pass it to an http server. Here you go!

    const Merver = require('merver)
    const fs = require('fs')
    const https = require('https')
    const config = require('./config.js')
    const app = new Merver(config)
      key: fs.readFileSync('server.key'),
      cert: fs.readFileSync('server.cert')
    }, (req, res) => app.init(req, res, app))
    .listen(3000, function () {
      console.log('Example app listening on port 3000! Go to https://localhost:3000/')




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