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Minimal JavaScript routing microframework connecting paths to functions.


Web apps frequently need to initialize client-side JavaScript on a per-page basis. Initializing stuff with inline JavaScript works for small applications, but when they grow larger it does not scale: there is no single place responsible for setting up the state. Cartograph comes to the rescue, providing a simple and barebone routing logic matching URL paths to JavaScript functions, so you can run code depending on the current URL. It has a clean and readable DSL with support for named URL parameters and splats. All in a microscopic framework of ~2Kb of minified code.

Example Usage

var Router = new Cartograph(function() {
  // Connect route to a function:"/foo/:id", function( req ) {
    // `req` is an object containing the params 
    // and other information on the request 
    console.log( "Requested id is: " + req.params["id"] );
  // Namespaced routes: 
  this.namespace("/users", function() {
    // Say we have a controller object: 
    var users = UsersController; "/", users.index ); "/new", ); "/:id", );
// Unleash the magic! (will get window.location 
// and execute the first matching route) 

And with CoffeeScript it's even more fun:

Router = new Cartograph ->
  @map "/foo/:id"( req ) ->
    console.log "Requested id is #{req.params['id']}"
  @namespace "/users"->
    users = UsersController
    @map "/"users.index
    @map "/new"
    @map "/:id"
# Unleash the magic! 


new Cartograph( [fn()] )

When called with a function fn, the constructor evaluates it in the scope of the newly created instance, providing a closure for route definitions.

map( route, fn() )

Adds a mapping for route to function fn. Whenever route or routeRequest is called, mappings are checked in order until the first matching route is found. The callback function for that route is then executed, passing as the first argument a request object.

Routes are strings, and can contain named params (e.g. "/foo/:id") and named splats (e.g. "/foo/*bar/baz"). The request object passed to fn exposes a params key/value object property containing params and splats.

Trailing slash is considered optional, so "/foo/bar" and "/foo/bar/" are considered identical.

namespace( ns, fn() )

Provides a namespace block. Whithin function fn, all routes defined by calling map are prefixed with the namespace ns.

route( path, [mixin] )

Gets a path string and match it against each route in order until a match is found. If a matching route is found, it executes its callback function passing an object containing information about the request and the params. If a mixin object is provided, its properties are mixed in the request object (so that additional request info or params can be inserted).

routeRequest( [request] )

Similar to route, but it takes as argument a request object exposing at least a pathname property. If no argument is provided, window.location is taken (this is the only case in which Cartograph makes a soft assumption of being in the browser).

When building the object to be passed to the matched callback, it also mixes in it all the request properties and all the params parsed from the querystring (looked for in, so that they become available to the callback. Array params (e.g. foo[]=a&foo[]=b) and nested params (e.g. foo[bar][baz]=qux) are supported (so /mypath?foo[]=xxx&foo[]=yyy&bar[baz]=zzz will be parsed to params { foo: ["xxx", "yyy"], bar: { baz: "zzz" } }).

draw( fn() )

Like the constructor, it executes function fn in the scope of the Cartograph instance. It is useful for adding routes on an existing Cartograph instance (e.g. if you want to split route definitions in multiple files).


Contributes are very welcome! If you have an idea about how to make Cartograph better, you should:

  1. Fork the project and setup the environment with npm install

  2. Write your new features/fixes and relative tests in CoffeeScript. The test suite uses BusterJS, and can be run with npm test after starting the Buster server.

  3. Send a pull request (please do not change the version in package.json)