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The purpose of this module is to provide room helper functions and to centralize event handler management inside your express application.

Right now the support for chat rooms is built in, but this may be factored out into a separate module.


  • Handles joining and leaving rooms (subscribe and unsubscribe events).
  • Handles client disconnections (disconnect event).
  • Manages room user lists, associates session and socket.
  • Provides helper functions to send a message to a user or to a room. events responded to

Event name: subscribe
Description: The socket/session subscribes to a room. Users in the room are notified.
eventData: Requires roomName => (string).

Event name: unsubscribe
Description: The socket/session unsubscribes from a room. Users in the room are notified.
eventData: Requires roomName => (string).

Event name: message
Description: The socket/session sends a message to a room. Users in the room are notified.
eventData: Requires roomName => (string), message => (string).

Event name: userList
Description: The socket/session requests the user list of a room.
eventData: Requires roomName => (string).

Module dependencies - Used to bind between and node web server object. - Used for associating the session and socket objects. TODO: More info.
underscore - Used for various helper functions.
util - (node built-in) used for various helper functions.
sanitize - Used for HTML sanitizing messages before sending them.

Implied dependencies

Node web server object (returned by http.createServer) - Passed to constructor as server.
Express (actually Connect middleware) session store - Passed to constructor as sessionStore.
Express (actually Connect middleware) cookie parser - Passed to constructor as cookieParser.
Express (actually Connect middleware) session object - Passed to initSession function, passed to events. Extended with rooms key, which is an array of room names that the session has subscribed to.

Using the client library

The client library in client/ is built using Require.js.

If your project already uses RequireJS you can use client/command-center-client.js.

If you would prefer a compiled, minified version which includes the client-side dependencies (jquery, underscore, - see component.json for version numbers) then use client/command-center-client.min.js.

To rebuild the minified version you should have requirejs installed globally using npm install -g requirejs and then run r.js -o client/command-center-client-min.js.


  • Build an eventData validator, since validation of this gets repeated often.
  • Double check that the instructions for using the client library work.




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