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Route dispatcher for Express


Micro routing framework on top of the Express framework.

[2014-01-28] Now with generators/yield support

ERD provides a way of decoupling your route definition and the actual implementation by following a convention based approach. Furthermore it allows you to add "before" hooks to your route processing.

The routes are mapped to controllers/actions (files/methods).

See the examples for live action.

$ npm install express express-route-dispatcher

ERD assumes some defaults when not explicitely configured. For example it expects the controllers to be in a directory called "./controllers".

Example directory layout ./server.js ./controllers/basic.js ./controllers/auth.js

var express = require('express');
var dispatcher = require('express-route-dispatcher');
var app = express();
// create the routes {
    // route, controller, method 
this.get ('/basic/hello', 'basic', 'hello');'/basic/concat/:a/:b', 'basic', 'concat');
this.get ('/version', 'basic', 'version');
// apply the routing configuration 
module.exports = {
beforeEach : function(reqresnext) {
if(doSomeImportantCheck()) return next();
res.send('Important check failed');
hello : function(reqres) {
res.send('Hello my friend');
concat : function(reqres) {
res.send(req.params.+ req.params.b);
versionfunction*(reqres) {
try {
var data = yield somePromise();
var version = yield anotherPromise(data);
res.send(version); }
catch(err) {
res.send(500, 'Something went wrong while getting the version!'); }

ERD supports two options

  • path (where to find the controllers)
  • parseControllerName (allows you to adjust the lookup algorithm)

Example directory layout ./server.js ./api/basicController.js

// ... 
path: 'api',
parseControllerNamefunction(name) {
return name.toLowerCase() + 'Controller';
}); {
this.get('/basic/hello', 'basic', 'hello');

ERD supports nested routing which might be useful for authentication checks and alike. All handlers inside the new map() will run through the before check first.

// ... {
this.get('/version', 'basic', 'version');
this.get('/auth/login', 'auth', 'login');
this.before(function(reqresnext) {
if (numberCrunch.wobble(req) > 18) {
return res.send("no can do sir");
return next();
}).map(function() {
this.get('/auth/logout', 'auth', 'logout');
this.get('/word/domination/plan', 'internal', 'plan');