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A DI/IOC micro-framework inspired by robotlegs


Dijon is an IOC and DI micro-framework for Javascript. Originally it was meant to be a port of Robotlegs, but deviated to something quite different. It remains however heavily inspired by Robotlegs, and more specifically Swiftsuspenders.

Basically it's an object registry, that allows you to define how and when objects are instantiated, functions and handlers are called and what objects should be passed on to other objects (that's the injection thingy).


Dijon is a city in France. They make the best mustard. And I can pretend it's an acronym for Dependency Injection of Javascript Objects N... umm, never found a good fit for 'N'.


Dijon is stable to use


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API documentation

TodoMVC Demo - source

TodoMVC Demo - live


  • Framework independent: doesn't rely on any other 3rd party frameworks
  • Framework integration: easily used on top of other frameworks
  • Coding style independent: can be used in class-based or module pattern style.
  • Routing: flexible enough to be used as a router
  • MVC: although there are no specific classes or functions that enforce an MVC structure on your code, Dijon was specifically created to facilitate easy MVC(S) structure setup. (See Demo)
  • Instead of DI the Service Locator pattern can be used as well.


Dijon consists out of one object: dijon.System. You can call it directly or instantiate it through new, whatever rocks your boat.

There are three different but closely related entities that can be registered with Dijon:

  • Objects, functions and "classes" can be registered to be lazily instantiated or called, either as a factory or a singleton (a "good" singleton)
  • Outlets are injection points, they define what objects should be injected into which receiving objects
  • Handlers are callbacks that are registered to be called when a certain event (or route if you prefer) is sent through the system.

Right after the dependencies of an object have been satisfied, the system will look for a setup method and automatically call it. (Robotlegs equivalent of the PostConstruct meta tag or the Mediator#onRegister method)

One major advantage of Dijon is the ability to centralize ALL dependency configuration (wiring). One of the problems that IOC/DI frameworks aim to solve is dependency management. Class A depends on class B depends on class C etc. This easily leads to all kinds of difficulties: when to instantiate what class, how do you pass the instance to the dependent actors, memory leaks of orphaned instances, …

In Dijon the tiers communicate with each other through events and actors expose “outlets” in which other actors get injected. This means that these objects are completely unaware of each others life-cycles and just know one thing: “when I need it, it’ll be there”. What happens before and after their use of a specific object is something they don’t have to care about. At all.

This leads to an extremely flexible setup with completely decoupled objects and centralized wiring. One of the benefits of having a centralized dependency configuration is that you always know where to look and add things. When you create a new actor, all you need to do is make sure its source file is included and then wire it up in your config file, where you have a nice overview of all the actors and how they relate and communicate with each other.


TodoMVC demo An explanation of the demo

Simple stuff

//create a dijon.System instance 
var system = new dijon.System();
//register an object to be used as a singleton factory 
system.mapSingleton( 'userModel', UserModel );
system.mapSingleton( 'loginController', LoginController );
//to have the UserModel instance injected into another object 
//you'll need to define an outlet 
system.mapOutlet( 'userModel', 'loginController', 'currentUser' );
//this registers 'currentUser' as an injection point in LoginController instances to be satisfied with the 
//instance of UserModel 
//you can register functions of mapped objects as event handlers 
system.mapHandler( 'Context#startup', 'loginController', 'loginUser' );
//when 'Context#startup' is dispatched the 'loginUser' method of 'loginController' will be called 
//no instances have been created yet 
//it's only when we call the 'Context#startup' event, an instance of LoginController will be created 
//and since it has a dependency on UserModel, the singleton instance of UserModel will be created 
//as well 
system.notify( 'Context#startup' );

Dynamic and automapping

Dijon allows for extremely flexible and dynamic mappings. Hey, it's JavaScript...

//we can map 'global' outlets 
system.mapOutlet( 'userModel' );
//registers 'userModel' as an injection point in _all_ mapped objects to be satisfied with 
//the instance of UserModel. 
var foo = {
    userModel : undefined; //inject 
system.injectInto( foo );
//foo.userModel now holds a reference to the UserModel instance 
//as long as system.strictInjections is false Dijon will only inject globally mapped objects 
//into members that _have_ a member with the correct name 
//however if we do his 
system.strictInjections = false;
var bar = {};
system.injectInto( bar );
//a 'userModel' member is automatically created inside 'bar' and now holds a reference to the 
//UserModel instance 
//But we can go even one step further, we can have outlets automatically mapped when an object 
//is mapped 
system.autoMapOutlets = true;
system.mapSingleton( 'someObject', SomeClass );
var foo = {};
system.injectInto( foo );
//foo.someObject now holds a reference to the singleton instance of SomeClass