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Q injector

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Lightweight asynchronous promise-based dependency injector (60 lines of code).

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npm install q-injector


Dependency injector for Node.js based on Q, inspired by angular.js injector, supporting asynchronous dependency initialization with Promise/A+ style API.


var Injector = require('q-injector'),
    app = new Injector(); // create application based on the Injector
// register dependency `service1` within the injector
app.instance('service1', {
    method1: function () { /* ... */ },
    // ...
// register a factory method of dependency `service2`
app.instance('service2', function (service3) { // inject `service3` into the factory method
    return { /* ... */ };
// register an asynchronous factory method for `service3`
app.instance('service3', function () {
    // ...
    return thenable; // returns promise, that will be resolved
                     // during injection of `service3` into `service2`
// initiates dependency initialization and injects initialized dependencies
app.invoke(function (service1, service2) {
    // at this point all services are resolved,
    // `service3` is injected into `service2` factory method
    // ...
// another method to inject a dependency
app.get('service1').then(function (service1) {
    // ...



Dependency is an object used by other objects. A dependency have a name, used by other objects to refer to the dependency.

In terms of JavaScript, dependency can be a function, an object, a number, anything.

Factory method

A JavaScript function, used to construct a dependency object. It can be asynchronous, returning a promise.

Dependency injection

Dependency injection is a process of dependency resolution. Objects get links to their dependencies declared by names.

An Injector instance has a single namespace for dependencies. Dependency named service1 will be always the same within the Injector instance.

One dependency can depend on other, others can depend on another, etc. By calling injector.factory() you define dependency graph which will be resolved during injection, when you call injector.invoke() or injector.get().


injector.instance(name, obj)

Register an object obj as dependency named name.

injector.factory(name, factory, [locals])

Register a factory method factory which will be used to construct a dependency named name. Factory method factory won't be invoked until dependency name is requested to be injected into another object. factory will be invoked using injector.invoke() method, which means that factory method may have dependencies as well.

Factory method is called only once and its return value is cached in the Injector instance.

factory may return a plain object or a promise, which will be resolved before being injected into another object.

Optional locals is an override of dependencies injected into the factory.

For example:

app.factory('service1', function (service2, service3) {
    service2 == 's2' // true
    // service3 is previously registered dependency
}, {
    service2: 's2'


Resolve previously registered dependency by name and return a promise.

For example:

app.get('service1').then(function (s1) {
    // ...

injector.invoke(fn, [locals])

Parse fn function declaration argument names, resolve previously registered dependencies by their names and invoke fn with the dependecies.

Returns a promise which will be resolved to a return value of fn.

Optional locals is an override of dependencies injected into fn.

For example:

app.invoke(function (service1, service2) {
    service2 == 's2' // true
    // service1 is previously registered dependency
    return 'hello';
}, {
    service2: 's2'
}).then(function (ret) {
    ret == 'hello' // true


If it's not still clear how q-injector works, take a look at provided testsuite. There are all possible use cases.




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