Eventline is a micro-framework for routing and handling events for bots and applications.
It helps to easily build systems that respond to a stream of events in a consistent manner and are easy to test, as well as understand.
Eventline focuses on the Router in the ERA (Event Source, Router, Action) architecture pattern, whilst providing a convention over configuration design to make it easier to integrate other systems.
You can use Eventline either on its own with custom event sources or other frameworks such as Botpress or Botkit.
To install simply run:
npm install eventline --save
To see an example, clone this repo and run:
npm run example
Convention over configuration We've optimised Eventline for developer productivity by implementing a declarative API which makes it easy to understand what your application is doing.
Easily Extendable We have a very flexible middleware and component system to easily extend your application with new functionality and consume libraries.
Modern but well supported Eventline is written in Typescript to ensure the code is stable and robust whilst still supporting ECMAScript 5.
Async Support Eventline is built on top of ES5 Promises making asynchronous behaviour a first class citizen without having to drop down into promise or callback hell.
Lightweight Eventline is the Router in the ERA (Event Source, Router, Action) Architecture. It's a lightweight complement to your own custom code or frameworks such as a Botpress or Botkit rather than yet another bot framework.
If you don't believe us, It has 3 dependencies in total.
Stateless Everything is built to promote a stateless architecture, each action and middleware built around functional programming; taking an event and returning it to be given to the next step.
This makes it easier to reason about what's happening within your application.
- Eventline echo-bot: Try here. Github repo
- Sure Messenger chatbot: Bot that curates the most Instagrammed food & drink spots. https://surebot.io
I wrote Eventline as a lightweight way of getting a basic way of easily build a chatbot for Sure. I already built and contributed to frameworks like Bottr and Botpress that take a all-or-nothing approach to adoption.
It's easy to build a predictable and easy to understand chatbot with this framework without having to re-write your entire app.
Eventline draws parallels from React, Express.js and Redux with it's component and declarative based architecture.
It combines features from Bottr, Botpress and BroidKit to provide a flexible, yet easy to use router system.
Chatbots are inherently a very asynchronous, state and event based applications. As mentioned in the Redux documentation, our code has to manage more of this than ever before.
To get an idea of some of the motivation behind Eventline, you should read the Redux documentation http://redux.js.org/docs/introduction/Motivation.html
We tried to bring some of this thinking to the chatbot world, making it easier to route events to a series of actions in a declarative fashion.
We are grateful to the community for contributing bug fixes and improvements.