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    0.5.7 • Public • Published


    This module is in active development, and still in beta, do not use in production.... yet

    A Multiple composable inheritance module for js

    def-type is an npm module that allows you to easily define Objects and classes that can inherit from a single parent object by adding it to the prototype chain of the defined Object/Class (via the 'extends' directive) or from multiple objects or "classes" (via 'merges' directive), which also lets you to choose which attributes you merge(copy). It also allows you to work with true shared privacy with almost the same syntax.


    npm install def-type --save


    def = require('def-type')

    Class definition (All attributes not defined in the constructor will live in the prototype obj)

    Character = def.Class
     constructor: ()->
      # some code 
     setSkills: (newSkills = [])->
      # some code 
    Player = def.Class
      extends: Character # It will add the Character.prototype to the Player.prototype chain 
      constructor: (@playerName)-> # Available when extending but not when merging. 
      sayMsg: ->
        # some code 
      kill: ->
        # some code 
    plyr1 = new Player('zaggen')

    Object definition (Pretty much the same as defining an object literal)

    enemyBoss = def.Object
      extends: Character # It sets Character.prototype as the prototype of the enemyBoss obj 
      killThemAll: ->
        # some code 
      regenHpWhenAlmostDead: ->
        # some code 

    Mixin definition This is an alias of def.Object. It is recommended that you name your objects with the Traits suffix when they are supposed to be merged into other objects/classes, and when your Traits Object needs to merge/mix in some functionality/properties from other objects/classes you use def.Mixin. This way we get a performance boost when defining simple traits (What pretty much the rest of the js world calls a mixin), and we only use this term to objects that are supposed to be merged/mixed in but they also merge/mix in other objects/mixins/classes.

    # This is a traits Object 
    encryptingTraits =
      encrypt: ->
        # some code 
      decrypt: ->
        # some code 
    # This is a Mixin Traits Object 
    accountTraits = def.Mixin
      merge: encryptingTraits
      logIn: (req, res)->
        # some code 
      logOut: (req, res)->
        # some code 

    Module definition This is another alias for def.Object, it is recommended for npm style modules. So you can define functionality packed in a module(which is a regular object) that needs to expose a small public API.

    injector = def.Module ->
      @set = (fn)->
        # some code 
      @get =  ->
        # some code 
      # Private fns 
      import = (path)->
       # some code 
      importGlobal = (globalName)->
       #some code 

    Here is a working example using this option: commonjs-injector

    Usage with multiple inheritance and defined constructor

    You can inherit from multiple "Classes" or objects, or a mixture of both.

    Admin = def.Class
      merges: [ accountTraits['logIn''logOut'],  User# here User is a class 
      constructor: (@name)->
        @privileges = 'all'
      deleteUser: ->
        # Some Code 
      modifyUser: ->
        # Some Code 
    zaggen = new Admin('zaggen')

    Please note that 'merges' copies the attributes or references to the defined item, so any change in the parents won't be reflected in the defined item.

    Abstract definition Sometimes you want to define an npm like module or a Class that is not supposed to be used directly, but to be extended and it doesn't makes much sense as a Traits obj. You can define that kind of object or class with def.Abstract. When you set a constructor it internally calls def.Class, and when you don't it used def.Object, there is no special safety mechanism for preventing direct instantiation or usage, is up to you as a programmer to follow this convention.

    FrontEndController = def.Abstract
      constructor: ->
        # some code 
      _beforeFilter: ->
        # some code 
      _afterFilter: ->
        # some code 
    # Here user controller is a FrontEndController and has accountTraits 
    UserController = def.Class
      extends: FrontEndController
      merges: [accountTraits]
      constructor: ->

    Usage with real private methods and attrs(static/shared)

    You can get true privacy when passing a lambda instead of an object, in this anonymous fn you will define your public attrs as instance members of that fn, and your private attributes as local variables, the nice thing here is a that all your public functions will have access to the private stuff (This is a closure that is executed internally) and you can define your private variables at the bottom like in ruby, which is hard to do in cs because we only have fn expressions so we don't get hoisted fns... anyways, you can use private properties too (data) but this data will be shared across all instances of the class, so be aware of that, its usefull for objects, but not that much for classes. You can use weakMaps to accomplish this but that is not something def-type will do for you, additionally bare in mind that if you add public functions later, this fns can't access the previously defined private properties, because they will be out of scope, so monkey patching is not possible, also you can't inherit private members. Is probably better to use the underscore convention for private attrs in most cases, but sometimes you really want this behavior, so here it is.

    Admin = def.Class ->
      # private properties have to be defined at the top in cs 
      instanceNumber = 0 # Static variable, will be shared accross all instances 
      # Public 
      @constructor = (@name)->
      @getInstanceQ = -> return instanceNumber
      @deleteUser = (id)->
      @modifyUser = (id, data)->
      # Private Methods 
      dbQuery = (action, id, data = {})->
        # Some Code 
    zaggen = new Admin('zaggen')
    zaggen.deleteUser(5) # Works 
    zaggen.dbQuery('delete',5) # Won't work 

    Usage with real private methods and attrs(shared) and accessors

    user = def.Object ->
      name = 'John'
      lastName =  'Doe'
      @accessors = ['fullName'# Add the names of the properties that you want to define as accessors 
      @fullName =
        get: -> "#{name} #{lastName}"
        set: (fullName)->
          nameParts = fullName.split(' ')
          name = nameParts[0]
          lastName = nameParts[1]
    console.log user.fullName # Logs 'John Doe' 
    user.fullName = 'Max Payne' # Sets the private name and lastName variables with the value provided 
    console.log user.fullName # Logs 'Max Payne' 


    • Set another object/Class as the prototype of the defined element (Using extends).
    • Merge properties from other objects/classes into the defined element (Using merges).
    • You have composite options, meaning you can pick which attributes you merge and even set the context of methods to their original objects.
    • A _super object is created when the defined type is being extended or merged, it will contain all of the inherited (extended and merged) methods into it. This is useful when you want to override an inherited parent method but you still want to have access to the original functionality. To avoid getting the wrong super, you must reference the defined object or class instead of using this. Methods that makes changes to instance members should be called using .call(this, arg1, arg2) or .apply(this,[args])
    • You can define 'classes' very easy, and extend them with out ,manually adding the parent class prototype to the currently defined class and setting back the original constructor, or adding methods to the prototype one by one.

    Merge options

    When you pass an options array after the object to be merge, e.g:

      merges: [ accountTraits['logIn''logOut'],  User]

    You can specify which properties you merge into the defined obj/class, by combining the property names you want to add or exclude from the mixin/class and/or a few optional flags (!, *,~).

    • This are the options in details
      • ['attr1', 'attr2'] Will only include those selected attributes from the corresponding object
      • ['~publicMethod'] This functionality will be deprecated in the next update Delegate; Will only include those selected method and it will bind its context to the original object/Class.
      • ['!', 'privateAttr'] Will exclude the selected attr, and include the rest
      • ['!'] Will exclude all attributes. Only useful for debugging purposes
      • ['*'] Will include all attributes. By default if you don't provide a confArray there is no need to explicitly say to include all attributes, but if you like to be explicit here is the option.


    def = require('def-type')
    hardObjTraits =
      colliding: false
      isInCollision: ->
        # Detects if object is colliding with other hardObjs 
    movableTraits =
      x: 0
      y: 0
      move: (x, y, time)->
        # Moves from current x,y to the new pos in the given time 
    spriteTraits =
      setBitmap: (bitmap)->
        # Sets sprite to the specified bitmap 
      update: ->
        # Updates sprite 
    # A Mixin is an object that mixes/merges in functionality from other objects and is supposed 
    # to be merged into another object or class and not to be used directly. 
    gameCharacterTraits = def.Mixin
      merges: [movableTraitsspriteTraitshardObjTraits]
      _exp: 0
      lvlUp: (newExp)->
        @_increaseExp(newExp) # Private Method Call 
        # Lvl up based on exp 
      _increaseExp: (newExp)-> @_exp += newExp
    # A defined Object is supposed to be used as it is, like a customized instance of Object. 
    hero = def.Object
      merges: [gameCharacterTraits]
      name: 'Zaggen'
        agi: 23
        def: 45
        str: 99
    hero.move(100200100) # Moves the hero to position (100,200) in 100 milliseconds 
    killableTraits =
      _hp: 100
      kill: ()-> 
        #Set hp to 0, and show dead animation 
    Player = def.Class
      merges: [ gameCharacterTraits['~lvlUp']killableTraits['kill']
      constructor: (playerName)->
        @msg = "#{playerName} is ready to kill some goblins!"
      sayMsg: ->
        console.log @msg
      kill: -> # Unless kill is a pure fn with no side effects, it should be called using call or apply 
        console.log 'Game Over'
    zaggen = new Player('Zaggen')
    zaggen.sayMsg() # Outputs "Zaggen is ready to kill some goblins!" 
    zaggen.lvlUp(100) #Increases exp, and if enough it'll lvl up the player 
    zaggen.move(154010) # Moves the character to position (15,40) in 10 milliseconds 

    Bugs, questions, ideas?

    Hell, yeah, just open an issue and i'll try to answer ASAP. I'll appreciate any bug report with a proper way to reproduce it.


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