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asteroid

Alternative Meteor client

asteroid

A javascript client (node) for a Meteor backend.

2.x.x is out, find out what changed in the CHANGELOG

Meteor is an awesome framework for building real-time APIs. Its canonical front-end framework however is not very flexible. Adopting other front-ends comes with the cost of having to work around the limitations of meteor's build tool, which makes it very difficult, for instance, to use other tools like webpack, or to manage dependencies via npm.

Asteroid is an isomorphic/universal javascript library which allows to connect to a Meteor backend from almost any JS environment.

With Asteroid you can:

  • hook any existing application to a real-time meteor API
  • use any front-end framework you want with a Meteor backend
  • develop browser extensions backed by Meteor
  • use Meteor as a backend for a react-native app
  • Small footprint
  • Framework agnostic. Use the tools you already know and love to build your app
  • Allows to use Meteor as a full-blown backend or just as a real-time platform pluggable into any existing project
  • Easily connect to multiple Meteor servers at the same time, perfect for building admin interfaces
npm install --save asteroid
import {createClass} from "asteroid";
 
const Asteroid = createClass();
// Connect to a Meteor backend 
const asteroid = new Asteroid({
    endpoint: "ws://localhost:3000/websocket"
});
 
// Use real-time collections 
asteroid.subscribe("tasksPublication");
 
asteroid.ddp.on("added", ({collection, id, fields}) => {
    console.log(`Element added to collection ${collection}`);
    console.log(id);
    console.log(fields);
});
 
// Login 
asteroid.loginWithPassword({username, email, password});
 
// Call method and use promises 
asteroid.call("newUser")
    .then(result => {
        console.log("Success");
        console.log(result);
    })
    .catch(error => {
        console.log("Error");
        console.error(error);
    });

Mixins are used to extend Asteroid's functionalities. You add mixins by passing them to the createClass function.

A mixin is an object with a set of enumerable function properties. Those functions will all be mixed into Asteroid.prototype. The special function init won't end up the in prototype. Instead it will be called on instantiation with the arguments passed to the constructor.

  • ddp: establishes the ddp connection
  • methods: adds methods for invoking ddp remote methods
  • subscriptions: adds methods for subscribing to ddp publications
  • login: adds methods for logging in
  • password-login: adds methods for password logins / user creation

After cloning the repository, install npm dependencies with npm install. Run npm test to run unit tests, or npm run dev to have mocha re-run your tests when source or test files change.

Contributions are as always very welcome. If you have written a mixin for asteroid, feel free to make a PR to add it to this README.

Create the Asteroid class. Any passed-in mixins will be added to the default mixins.

  • mixins Array< object > optional: mixins you want to use

The Asteroid class.


Creates a new Asteroid instance (which is also an EventEmitter).

On instantiation:

  • the ddp mixin will automatically connect to the Meteor backend
  • the login mixin will try to resume a previous session
  • options object required:
    • endpoint string required: the DDP endpoint to connect to, e.g. ws://example.com/websocket
    • SocketConstructor function optional [default: WebSocket]: the class to be used to create the websocket connection to the server. In node, use faye-websocket-node's Client. In older browsers which do not support WebSocket, use sockjs-client's SockJS
    • autoConnect boolean optional [default: true]: whether to auto-connect to the server on instantiation. Otherwise the connect method can be used to establish the connection
    • autoReconnect boolean optional [default: true]: wheter to auto-reconnect when the connection drops for whatever reason. This option will be ignored - and the connection won't be re-established - if the connection is terminated by calling the disconnect method
    • reconnectInterval number optional [default: 10000]: the interval in ms between reconnection attempts

An Asteroid instance.


Provided by the ddp mixin.

Establishes a connection to the ddp server. No-op if a connection is already established.

None.

Nothing.


Provided by the ddp mixin.

Terminates the connection to the ddp server. No-op if there's no active connection.

None.

Nothing.


Provided by the methods mixin.

Calls a server-side method with the specified arguments.

  • method string required: the name of the method to call
  • param1, param2, ... ...any optional: parameters passed to the server method

A promise to the method return value (the promise is rejected if the method throws).


Provided by the methods mixin.

Same as call, but using as array of parameters instead of a list.

  • method string required: the name of the method to call
  • params Array< any > optional: an array of parameters passed to the server method

Same as call, see above.


Provided by the subscriptions mixin.

Subscribes to the specified publication. If an identical subscription (name and parameters) has already been made, Asteroid will not re-subscribe and return that subscription instead (subscriptions are idempotent, so it does not make sense to re-subscribe).

  • name string required: the name of the publication

  • param1, param2, ... ...any optional: a list of parameters that are passed to the publication function on the server

A subscription object. Subscription objects have an id, which you can later use to unsubscribe, and are EventEmitter-s. You can listen for the following events:

  • ready: emitted without parameters when the subscription is marked as ready by the server
  • error: emitted with the error as first and only parameter when the server signals an error occurred on the subscription
  • TODO stopped: emitted when the subscription stops

Provided by the subscriptions mixin.

Unsubscribes from a publication.

  • id string required: the id of the subscription

Nothing.


Provided by the password-login mixin.

Creates a user and logs him in. Does not hash the password before sending it to the server. This should not be a problem, since you'll probably be using SSL anyway.

  • options object required:
    • username string optional
    • email string optional
    • password string required

Note: you must specify either options.username or options.email.

A promise which resolves to the userId of the created user when the creation succeeds, or rejects when it fails.


Provided by the password-login mixin.

Logs the user in using username/email and password. Does not hash the password before sending it to the server. This should not be a problem, since you'll probably be using SSL anyway.

  • options object required:
    • username string optional
    • email string optional
    • password string required

Note: you must specify either options.username or options.email.

A promise which resolves to the userId of the logged in user when the login succeeds, or rejects when it fails.


Provided by the login mixin.

Log in the user.

  • params object required: params to pass for login with a custom provider

A promise which resolves to the userId of the logged in user when the login succeeds, or rejects when it fails.


Provided by the login mixin.

Logs out the user.

None

A promise which resolves to null when the logout succeeds, or rejects when it fails.


  • connected (emitted by the ddp mixin)
  • disconnected (emitted by the ddp mixin)
  • loggedIn (emitted by the login mixin)
  • loggedOut (emitted by the login mixin)