canihaz - supercharged dependency loading and installation
Canihaz is a module that allows you to lazily install and require NPM modules that might not be required for the core functionality of your library. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Optional dependencies
- Dependencies that are only used for your optional CLI interface
- Dependencies that are sparsely used in the application
Table of Contents
- How does it work
This module should be installed using NPM:
npm install canihaz --save
--save parameter tells NPM that it should add it to your package.json, so
less editing for you.
If you do not install it using NPM, make sure that install it in
node_modules folder and do not symlink it.. Unless you don't want to use the
automatic dependency resolution.
How does it work
I always tell people that you should understand how a module works before you use it, checkout out the source or at least read the damned documentation.
When you initialize the module after you required it it will go up 2 directories
to go out of the
node_modules folder and attempt to read out the
package.json file of the module that depends on canihaz. It requires the
package.json and search for the dependencies, it searches for
canihaz key by
default but it can be configured. When it found the dependencies, it attaches
the names to the returned object and creates a really simple usable interface
var canihaz = config ;canihaz
It automatically knows which version it should install for you as you specified
that in the object. Installing a dependency that isn't pre-defined in your
package.json you could do something similar:
var canihaz = ;;
But before it tries to install the module it checks it it's perhaps globally installed (with the correct version) or if it's already installed before in the specified location. When all these checks fail, we continue with the installation. In older version of canihaz we called the NPM api programatically but there were a couple of issues with this, like install race conditions and it didn't use the users set configurations. That's why we are currently spawning an NPM child process. So you need to have NPM installed globally and set in your path. The added benefit of this is that the installation becomes completely silent as NPM is usually really chatty and last but not least, it already works as this module is installed through NPM.
Once it's finally installed it attempts to require it again, if it succeeds it will call your callback without any error arguments and provide the library in the callback. If the installation failed or it failed to require you're basically fucked.
In the example below, we install canihaz as dependency, and have all our
optional dependencies in the property
canihaz which will be read out by
"name": "example""description": "example description""version": "0.0.0""dependencies":"canihaz": "0.0.x""canihaz":"coffee-script": "1.3.3""csslint": "0.9.8""jshint": "0.7.1""socket.io": "0.9.6""stylus": "0.27.2""watch": "0.5.1"
- dot: Should we create a special dot folder for storage? This is saved in the home directory of the user. Should be a string.
- home: The location of the home folders, as this is operating system specific or you might want to override this if you want to store the dot folder in a different location. Should be string.
- location: The location of the package.json that we need to parse and read out the possible dependencies for lazy installation.
- key: Which property should we scan for the optional dependencies? This allows you to also lazy install optionalDependencies for example.
- installation: The installation location, this is where the dependencies will
be installed. It defaults to the
var canihaz =key: 'cliDependencies' // read out `cliDependencies` instead of `canihaz`;
installing/requiring a configured dependency
The dependencies that you specify in the
package.json are automatically
introduced to the returned export. It assumes that it's loaded by the package
that we specified above.
var canihaz = ;canihaz;
installing/requiring a un-configured dependency
Installing or requiring a dependency that isn't in the
direct usage of the API:
var canihaz = ;;
installing/requiring multiple dependencies
Sometimes you just need a load of modules. There are 2 different ways this is
done, if the modules are defined in the
package.json it will automatically use
their specified function and doesn't require you to specify the version numbers:
var canihaz = ;;
If you need to a bunch of modules that are not specified in the package.
1.0.0 Rewritten to use the
npm binary for all installations because the
programatically API causes to much issues and edge cases. 1.0.0 also features a
full test suite and a reworked more powerful API.
all other version were crap anyways
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