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    no more need of autobahn. see deep-app + your favorite nodejs http server framework (as expressjs).


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    deepjs/server oriented tools and middlewares for expressjs.

    Autobahnjs comes with two kind of tools :

    • middlewares for expressjs
      • context : assign context to each incoming request
      • modes : assign modes (ocm related) to each incoming request (based on current session)
      • restful : map-to-service middleware (HTTP/rest dynamic routing)
      • html : map-to-html middleware (deep-views/routes render map)
      • statics : map-to-files middleware (dynamic map for statics files server)
      • login : retrieve matched user and hold user in current session.
      • logout : break current session.
    • "App" object definition and tools for session/user management through deepjs chained API.


    As autobahnjs is an environnement that tie a bunch of tools together and should be piloted from your own index.js : You should use the yeoman autobahnjs generator to get a workable structure.

    coming really soon.

    Or simply use the example folder, provided in autobahn lib under autobahnjs/lib. when you're in (after clone or npm install) :

    npm install
    node index.js


    Example of autobahnjs "app" and expressjs skeleton

    var deep = require("deepjs"),
        express = require('express'),
        autobahn = require("autobahnjs"), // bunch of middlware for expressjs
        Unit = require("deepjs/lib/unit");  // for deepjs unit testing
    var cookieParser = require('cookie-parser');
    var session = require('express-session');
    var bodyParser = require('body-parser');
    // bind actual JSON-Schema validator. taking one from deepjs core.
    // set root path and cwd (used in certain protocol/stores/chains)
    deep.globals.rootPath = __dirname;
    deep.context("cwd", __dirname);
    // assign default modes.
    //_________________________ Start your app construction
    var app = express();
    // simple app example
    var autobahnApp ={
        // initialise context for each request
        initContext: function(context){
            // do something
            return context;
        // Decorate session when logged in. 
        // Used by login middleware and chained API
        loggedIn: function(session) {
            // logged user is already stored in session.
            session.myDecoration = true;
            return session;
        // Returns current request modes depending on session. 
        // Used by "modes" middleware and chained API (on login).
        sessionModes: function(session) 
            // You could use session to make decision. 
            // If you have login, session contains your user.
            if (session && session.user) // if you have logged in : you're a "user"
                return { roles: "user" }; 
            else // else you're "public"
                return { roles: "public" }; 
        // login handler (used by login middleware and chained API)
        loginConfig: {
            store: "user", // users collection (deepjs protocol or direct reference).
            encryption: "sha1", // how compare login
            loginField: "email",  // which field to look in posted json.
            passwordField: 'password'  // same
    }, app);
    // set simple session management (pure expressjs)
        secret: 'paezijp7YlhgiGOUYgtogz',
        maxAge: new Date( + 3600000)
    // to get posted body parsed automatically (json/files/..)
    .use(bodyParser.json({ strict:false, extended:true }))
    // ------ context and modes
    .use(autobahn.context.middleware(autobahnApp.initContext)) // create and bind unique context to each incoming request
    .use(autobahn.modes.middleware(autobahnApp.sessionModes)) // assign OCM modes to each incoming req. context
    // ------ login and logout
    .post("/logout", autobahn.logout.middleware())  // catch post on /logout and break session.
    .post("/login", autobahn.login.middleware(autobahnApp))  // catch post on /login and try to login
    // ------ Your maps-to-* middleware
    .use( // deep-restful map-to-services
    .use( // deep-views/deep-routes map-to-html rendering.
    .use(autobahn.statics.middleware(YOUR_STATICS_MAP))  // map-to-statics file server
    ///____________________________________________________      Finish app construction
    .use(function(req, res, next) {
        console.log("nothing to do with : ", req.url);
        res.writeHead(404, {
            'Content-Type': 'text/html'
        res.end("error : 404");
    // bind global app. Allow us to apply login/logout/impersonate (and more) from chained API.
    console.log("server is listening on port : ", autobahnApp.port);
    var repl = require("repl")
        prompt: "node via stdin> ",
        input: process.stdin,
        output: process.stdout

    Example of restful map

    For full info on how managing/designing restful stores, see deep-restful and deepjs core documentation.

    var deep = require("deepjs/deep");
    module.exports = {
        "/user": deep.ocm({
            admin: deep.Mongo(null, "mongodb://", "user"),
            user: {
                backgrounds: ["this::../admin", deep.Disallow("del", "flush")]
            "public": {
                backgrounds: ["this::../user", deep.AllowOnly("get")]
        }, {
            protocol: "user",
            sensibleTo: "roles"
        "/foo":deep.Collection("foo", [{ id:"e1", bar:true, zoo:"hello world" }])

    Example of html map

    For full info on how managing/designing html routes map, see deep-views and deep-routes documentation.

    var deep = require("deepjs");
    require("deep-node/lib/rest/file/json")({ // create json client that look from /www. use it under "json" protocol.
        protocol: "json",
        basePath: "/www"
    require("deep-swig/lib/nodejs")({ // create swigjs client that look from /www. use it under "swig" protocol.
        protocol: "swig",
        basePath: "/www"
    // map for html pages produced by server. the map itself, or the entries of the map, could be OCM.
    // example of map :
    module.exports = {
            how:"<title>html from server</title>",
            how:"swig::/app.html", // load index from www
            where:"dom.appendTo::", // NO Selector says : use html merge rules (see deep-jquery)
                    how:"<div>default content</div>",
                    how:"<div>hello { name+'!' | 'dude!'}</div>",

    Example of statics map

    var deep = require("deepjs/deep");
    // map for static files served by server (the map itself could be OCM)
    module.exports = {
        "/": [{ // serve root
            path: deep.globals.rootPath + '/www',
            options: { // native expressjs connect-statics options
                maxAge: 86400000,
                redirect: false

    Usage from outside.

    Outside means from you prefered http client (maybe your browser) to the server. If you use previous map in your autobahnjs/express skeleton (as above) :

    Open your browser and try by example : ...

    And with your prefered restful client, you should try to post/put/patch/del/get/range/... to /foo service.

    Usage from "inside"

    Inside means from nodejs CLI or from any script executed server side.

    • deep.App(appObj) : holds appObj as main app accessible through chains.
    • deep.login({ email:"", password:"test123"}) : start a contextualised chain, create session, retrieve user, etc. exactly as if you had really logged in from outside (i.e. through http client)
    • .login(...) : from anywhere in a chain, do the same thing than deep.login
    • deep.impersonate({ id:"..." }) : start a contextualised chain, rerieve user an do login without password.
    • .impersonate(...) : from anywhere in a chain, do the same than deep.impersonate
    • .logout() : : from anywhere in a chain, break current session

    example :

    deep.login({ email:"", password:"..." }) // endoss localy user identity (context, session, modes, ...)
    .restful("myCollection") // take "myCollection" restful collection
    .put({ /*...*/ }) // put something in it as john doe.
    .logout() // break current chain session
    .impersonate({ id:"some_user_id" }) // endoss localy other user identity
    .restful("someCollection")  // ...
    .done(function(s){ /*...*/ })

    deepjs core provides additionnaly the .modes(...) API that allow you, by example, to do :

    deep.modes({ roles:"admin" }).restful("user").get().log(); // you should see an array with users.

    Manage multiple app (advanced)

    Imagine that you produce different expressjs skeleton/autobhan js app in the same nodejs process.

    You should want to switch from one to another and/or execute each in its own context. For that you have two method that encapsulate the provided app in chain context.

    • : start a contextualised chain that hold appObj in its context. (advanced)
    • .app(appObj) : from anywhere in a chain, hold appObj in its context. (advanced)


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