express-longpoll

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Lightweight long polling module for express.js

Description

Sets up basic long poll with subscribe and publish functionality.

Install

$ npm install -S express-longpoll

Usage

Basic initalization

var express = require('express');
var app = express();
var longpoll = require("express-longpoll")(app)
// You can also enable debug flag for debug messages
var longpollWithDebug = require("express-longpoll")(app, { DEBUG: true });

Quick-start code

Server - server.js

var express = require('express');
var app = express();
var longpoll = require("express-longpoll")(app);
 
// Creates app.get("/poll") for the long poll
longpoll.create("/poll");
 
app.listen(8080, function() {
    console.log("Listening on port 8080");
});
 
var data = { text: "Some data" };
 
// Publishes data to all clients long polling /poll endpoint
// You need to call this AFTER you make a GET request to /poll
longpoll.publish("/poll", data);
 
// Publish every 5 seconds
setInterval(function () { 
    longpoll.publish("/poll", data);
}, 5000);

Client - index.js (with jQuery)

var poll = function () {
    $.ajax({
       url: "localhost:8080/poll",
       success: function(data){
           console.log(data); // { text: "Some data" } -> will be printed in your browser console every 5 seconds
           poll();
       },
       error: function() {
           poll();
       },
       timeout: 30000 // 30 seconds
    });
};
 
// Make sure to call it once first,
poll();

longpoll.create(url, [options])

Sets up an express endpoint using the URL provided.

var longpoll = require("express-longpoll")(app);
 
longpoll.create("/poll");
longpoll.create("/poll2", { maxListeners: 100 }); // set max listeners

longpoll.create(url, middleware, [options])

Set up an express endpoint using the URL provided, and use middleware.

var longpoll = require("express-longpoll")(app);
 
longpoll.create("/poll", function (req,res,next) {
    // do something
    next();
});

longpoll.publish(url, data)

Publishes data to all listeners on the url provided.

var express = require('express');
var app = express();
var longpoll = require("express-longpoll")(app);
 
longpoll.create("/poll");
 
longpoll.publish("/poll", {});
longpoll.publish("/poll", { hello: "Hello World!" });
longpoll.publish("/poll", jsonData);

longpoll.publishToId(url, id, data)

Publish data to a specific request. See the basic example on how to use this effectively.

Works with Routers

var express = require('express');
var router = express.Router();
// with router
var longpoll = require("express-longpoll")(router);
 
longpoll.create("/routerpoll");
 
router.get("/", (req, res) => {
    longpoll.publish("/routerpoll", {
        text: "Some data"
    });
    res.send("Sent data!");
});
 
module.exports = router;

Can publish to any endpoint, from anywhere.

server.js - create here

var longpoll = require("express-longpoll")(app);
longpoll.create("/poll");

route.js - use here

var longpoll = require("express-longpoll")(router);
// Can publish to any endpoint
longpoll.publish("/poll");

Using Promises

longpoll.create("/poll")
  .then(() => {
    console.log("Created /poll");
  })
  .catch((err) => {
    console.log("Something went wrong!", err);
  });
  
longpoll.publish("/poll", data)
  .then(() => {
    console.log("Published to /poll:", data);
  })
  .catch((err) => {
    console.log("Something went wrong!", err);
  });

Sample clientside code to subscribe to the longpoll

Client using jQuery

var subscribe = function(url, cb) {
        $.ajax({
            method: 'GET',
            url: url,
            success: function(data) {
                cb(data);
            },
            complete: function() {
                setTimeout(function() {
                    subscribe(url, cb);
                }, 1000);
            },
            timeout: 30000
        });
    };
    
subscribe("/poll", function (data) {
  console.log("Data:", data);
});
 
subscribe("/poll2", function (data) {
  console.log("Data:", data);
});

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