ember-datalight

A lightweight data persistence library for Ember with full support of JSON structure

Ember DataLight

A lightweight data persistence library for Ember with full support of JSON structure

In couple of my first projects I used a standard ember-data library. It was sufficient for these simple projects. But my latest projects was build with mongodb and structured JSON documents. When I had a look on source code of ember-data I was really surprised from its implementation. In my opinion it has no a good base and it will have a big problem in the long run. Please, if you will use this library and you will find a bug send me a feedback about this issue. Thank you. At the end: I'm still working on the source code and tests. Next step is better documentation.

  • Structured JSON
  • Used standard javascript types for model definition
  • Cached (if you want)
  • CRUD
  • Better and smaller

Each model you create should extend DataLight.Model or DataLight.CachedModel:

var DL = require('ember-datalight'),
    Model = DL.Model,
    attr = Model.attribute;

App.User = Model.extend({
    id: attr(String, { readOnly: true }),

    username: attr(String),
    email: attr(String),
    name: attr(String),

    address: attr({
        primary: attr(Boolean, { defaultValue: false }),
        street: attr(String),
        city: attr(String),
        zip: attr(String),
        created: attr(Date, { readOnly: true })
    })
});

Supported attribute types are String, Boolean, Number, [], {}, and Date. Defining a type is optional.

For one-to-one and one-to-many relationships use Model as attribute parameter.

var DL = require('ember-datalight'),
    Model = DL.Model,
    attr = Model.attribute;

App.User = Model.extend({
    id: attr(String, { readOnly: true }),
    name: attr(String)
});

App.Tag = Model.extend({
    name: attr(String),
    count: attr(Number)
});

App.Article = Model.extend({
    content: attr(String),
    user: attr(App.User, { readOnly: true }), //one-to-one relationship
    tags: attr([App.Tag])  //one-to-many relationship
});

When you call article.get('user') you will get a proxy object linked with user

Finding records

To find a Post with an id of '456789':

App.Post.find('456789').then(function(post) {

});

To find a first 100 posts:

App.Post.find({ limit: 100 }).then(function(posts) {

});

Creating records

Create records like you would a normal Ember Object:

var post = App.Post.create({
    title: 'Best Post'
});

Saving records

For saving you need to call method named save. This method returns a promise.

var post = App.Post.create({ 
    title: 'Best Post' 
});

post.save().then(function() {
    console.log('SUCCESS');
}, function() {
    console.log('ERROR');
});

Updating records

Simply call save again.

var post = App.Post.create({ 
    title: 'Best Post' 
});

post.save().then(function() {
    post.set('title', 'Changed title');
    post.save();
};

Zlatko Fedor

The MIT License (MIT)

Copyright (c) 2014 Zlatko Fedor zlatkofedor@cherrysro.com

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