A REST client for streaming collections and lists
A simple HTTP client for streaming JSON content from REST lists and collections. Includes extensive pagination support for continuous streaming across multiple HTTP requests.
Use this module to pull an entire collection of JSON documents from your favorite API into a Node.js stream! It will parse a response as JSON, extract content as objects, push it down the stream, and continue doing so as long as there is more data.
var restCollection = ;;
npm install rest-collection-stream
The module consists of a function returning a stream.
It's that simple.
Pulling data from an API is much more fun with streaming! Especially when paging is handled automatically...
var restCollection = ;var fs = ;var es = ;;
var stream = ;
In addition to request options, you may also set:
data- a function for extracting content from the response
next- a function for handling pagination
The following options are also enforced:
json- always true, only JSON APIs are supported at the moment and the response body is always parsed as such
headers- HTTP compression is enabled by default via
Accept-Encoding- a nicety if you are pulling thousands of documents from your host
By default, if the response body consists of an array, all elements are emitted down the stream.
If the response is an envelope object, commonly used properties will be inspected for an array of data. Those are (in order):
If the elements you want to stream are not found in those common properties, you can supply your own function to extract the elements. Your function is expected to return an array of items to emit down the stream.
To use a custom function for parsing the body, specify it as
data in the options.
You can also gain full control over what gets emitted by not returning values from your
data function. Use
this.emit('data', item) to send whatever you want, including results from an asynchronous function.
Another request for the next page data is automatically sent if there is more data available. The module implements common pagination support from popular APIs, but you can also supply your own.
Link: <URL>; rel='next'
pagequery string parameter
Should I support more APIs? Pull requests are welcome.
If your API works differently, you can provide you own paging function. The function can return the URL of the next page or query string parameters to apply on the next request. To stop pagination, return something falsy.
To use a custom function for pagination, specify it as
next in the options.
To specify the URL of the next page to request, return it as a string. The URL is automatically resolved using url.resolve.
To specify query string parameters instead, return an object. The key/value pairs will be applied on the next request. The current query string values can be accessed in
To use anything else, such as request headers, you may also access the request parameters using
this.req. Any modification will be used onward for the next request. Make sure to return the URL, otherwise paging will stop.
The MIT License (MIT)
Copyright (c) 2014, Nicolas Mercier
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