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joi-browser

joi-browser

joi object schema validation bundled for the browser (babelified and bundled)

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Why?

There has been some difficulty in getting a reasonable version of Joi packaged for the browser both due to the size of bundling and now with 7.x.x the switch to ES6 modules has added additional challenges.

The community is trying to rally to get the Joi package itself setup so that we can generate bundles directly from it, but until this is done, this package will allow you to build a bundled version.

This package can be used included in other builds (browserify or webpack) or used on its own.

The default version exposed by package.json is the babelified unminified bundle. It has been transpiled to ES5. Since I expected to primarily be using this inside of another bundle. However the minified version is also built on install as dist/bundle.min.js.

Usage

npm install joi-browser
var Joi = require('joi-browser');

Note: Joi uses the new ES6 features, Promise and Map, so you may need to add polyfills to use with older browsers.

Include the polyfill early in your code before requiring Joi. You can use the parts of core-js for the polyfill or use packages es6-promise + es6-map.

npm install core-js or es6-promise and es6-map

npm install core-js
require('core-js/fn/map'); // sets up global Map
require('core-js/fn/promise'); // sets up global Promise

Note: if you are using webpack with a babel loader you may need to exclude joi-browser from being run through babel again.

In your webpack.config.js loaders, add an exclude: [ /joi-browser/ ]

Isomorphic / Universal JS - using in browser and on server (Node.js)

If you want to use joi with Node.js and joi-browser for browser use then you can follow one of these recipies.

Browserify

npm install joi-browser
npm install joi

Add the following to your app's package.json which will tell browserify to use joi-browser instead of joi when bundling for the browser.

  "browser"{
    "joi": "joi-browser"
  },

So in your code, you just require joi and browserify will automatically switch it with joi-browser when it bundles.

var Joi = require('joi');

See examples/browserify-basic

Webpack

npm install joi-browser
npm install joi

Add the following to your app's webpack.config.js to alias joi to joi-browser

  resolve: {
    alias: {
      joi: 'joi-browser'
  }

Note: if you are using webpack with a babel loader you may need to exclude joi-browser (or node_modules) from being run through babel again.

In your webpack.config.js loaders, add an exclude: [ /joi-browser/ ].

So in your code, you just require joi and webpack will automatically switch it with joi-browser when it bundles.

var Joi = require('joi');

See examples/webpack-basic

joi-full

joi@10 moved some date validation logic into an extension joi-date-extensions so I built the equivalent joi-date-extensions-browser but there are currently issues with the build when trying to integrate joi-browser and joi-date-extensions-browser.

As an alternative, I created joi-full which is a universal/isomorphic version of joi that includes extensions (namely joi-date-extensions). It can be used for Node.js or in the browser by bundling with webpack or browserify. Since joi-full already bundles both joi and joi-date-extensions it works around the build issue previously encountered.

Development

# builds dist/joi-browser.js and dist/joi-browser.min.js 
npm install
npm run prepublish # when you want to rebuild 

Examples

I have included a few examples of demonstrating how to use with webpack and browserify

  • examples/browserify-basic
  • examples/webpack-basic

Upgrade notes

See the github releases for notes. A few notable upgrades are:

  • 13.0.1 - Updated to joi@13.0.1 and updated build tools (webpack@2.7.0, karma@2.0.5). Buffer is now included. Using ChromeHeadless for tests.

  • 10.0.5 - Joi split momentjs date format functionality into joi-date-extensions. The equivalent version for the browser is joi-date-extensions-browser, but there are building issues. You can instead use joi-full which includes the extension and is a universal/isomorphic package that will work in either Node.js or bundled with webpack/browserify. If you install joi-full you will need to also install its peer dependency moment. See joi-full for all the details.

  • 7.1.0 - excludes moment from the joi-browser bundle, so it must be imported into your project from elsewhere. Bundle was renamed to dist/joi-browser.js and dist/joi-browser.min.js

Discussion

The main discussion about these difficulties has been in this github issue.

https://github.com/hapijs/joi/issues/528#issuecomment-128532221

As for the bundling size issues that were summarized in the issue, the package size can be reduced by eliminating unnecessary code.

crypto is the first thing that can be safely eliminated since this functionaility in Joi would not be used by the browser. That is the biggest win dropping things to ~45KB gzipped without sacrificing any actual functionality.

If your use case doesn't require moment, isemail, and buffer, you can stub those packages out and get a bundle in the neighborhood of ~23KB gzipped.

I have chosen to make the default bundle only exclude crypto so that it would remain fully compatible, but you could fork this and create a smaller version by excluding things you don't need.

Config Joi and dependencies gzipped
Full Joi 126KB
w/o crypto (in Hoek) 44KB
w/o crypto (in Hoek), moment 31KB
w/o crypto (in Hoek), moment, isemail 29KB
w/o crypto (in Hoek), moment, isemail, buffer 23KB