Lightweight relationship assistant for your backbone applications
Backbone.Rel extends your Backbone models with a lightweight relationships manager.
Backbone.Rel exposes a method
rel that is a relationship getter.
You can implement a
hasMany method in a
Model to define a relationship.
The method must return an object with the relation name as a key and options as a value.
collection: You must specify the collection.
filter: A function that will be used to filter the collection.
id: The foreign id pointing to your model.
You can implement a
belongsTo method in a
Model or a
Collection to define a relationship.
The method must return an object with the relation name as a key and the collection as a value.
If you want to define a
belongsTo relationship on a collection you have to store the key
on the collection object in your
You can pass as many arguments as you want to the
rel getter in order to get nested relationships.
Any failure on the getter chain will be properly propagated, avoiding
TypeError: Cannot call method 'foo' of null.
Most of the errors on working with relational data is when a relation is not met and we try to access a attribute of that inexistant model. For instance, we have a task that belong to a project and we want to get that projects name.
taskrelGet'project' 'name' 'Unknown project'; // It will show the project name or 'Unkown project'userrelGet'project.tasks' 'name' ; // It will return all tasks names or 
Sometimes we want to invoke a method or access an attribute through a relation.
relResult is a wrapper of
on a relation.
taskrelResult'project' 'fullName' 'Unknown project'; // It will call project.fullName if the relation succeded
// models/project.jsreturnusers: collection: Collectionsusers id: 'project_id'tasks: collection: Collectiontasksreturn taskrel'project' ? taskrel'project'id === thisid : null;;;// models/user.jsreturntasks: collection: Collectionstasks id: 'user_id';;returnproject: Collectionprojects;;// models/task.jsreturnuser: Collectionsusersreturn taskrel'user.project';;;var project = id: 1user = id: 1 project_id: 1task1 = id: 1 user_id: 1task2 = id: 2 user_id: 1;assertequaluserrel'tasks'length 2;assertequaluserrel'project' project;assertequaltask1rel'user' user;assertequaltask1rel'project' project;
Backbone.Rel depends on underscore.inflection.
You must have node installed in order to run the tests.
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