simple to use nedb cache layer with restful api routing

I've been busy a lot with work -- and this project while very small has still managed to generate some attention, the problem? A couple years ago I got tricked into thinking I'd found a new, better version of JavaScript, CoffeeScript, I was wrong. There's many optimizations I see now that I should have made then... So, well this project has become something of an eye sore for me and I would either like someone else who has the free time to take on this project or someone whose interested in working on a refactor with me.

restify-nedb (for nedb)

restify-nedb was built to give you restful api resources for client side application frameworks like angular.js, ember.js, backbone.js or knockout.js as well as give you a simple file/memory based cache utilizing nedb. (ps, i love nedb, you should too.) If you haven't already checked it out, maybe you want to use it separate of all of this extra stuff, do it. It's like sqlite, with a subset of mongodb's api. Really neat.

  • Super fast nedb file/memory backed cache w/ simple garbage collection
  • 100% coffeescript, hate it or love it
  • restful routing: GET, POST, PUT, DELETE
  • parses json/multi-part
  • Let me know if you have any issues, please open issues/prs etc, it's a lot more fun that way

npm install restify-nedb --save
var express = require('express');
var app = express();
var server = require('http').createServer(app);
app.set('port', 1337);
var restify = require('restify-nedb').mount;
var config = require('restify-nedb').config;
var path = require('path');
// some sample middlware to throw at it 
var sampleMiddleware = function (reqresnext) {
  console.log('here\'s a sample middleware...');
  return next();
// default config options 
var opts = {
  filePath: path.join(__dirname,'db','filestore.db'),
  maxAge: 1000 * 60 * 60,
  prefix: '/session',
  middleware: [sampleMiddleware]
// initialize our config object 
cfg = new config(opts);
// if you aren't already using an nedb 
// instance, then calling this will create 
// one for you. 
// accepts sync/blocking 
// cfg.makeDataStore(); 
// api = new restify(cfg, app); 
// or async <3 
cfg.makeDataStore(function(errds_cfg) {
  if (!err) {
    api = new restify(ds_cfg, app);
server.listen(app.get('port'), function () {
  console.log('restify-nedb example listening on %s', app.get('port'));
dsinternalDataStoreallow for outside nedb processes to be restified. tip: config.ds() returns a new DataStore with whatever your opts are set to, once it's fired it will internalize and share
prefix/dsStringdefines the first route path, for instance http://localhost:3000/ds
version/v1Stringnot preferred, as a rule i feel these aren't the best idea for your api, last thing you want is fragmentation in your api
exclude[]Arrayexcludes keys/values from the api, good for things like password
middleware[]Arraymiddlewares, ie passport authentication, logging, analytics
memoryStorefalseBooleanwhether or not keep an in-memory store or a file based persistant store, defaults to false, we like persistant files.
fileNamenedb-filestore.dbStringfile name for your nedb filestore
filePath../dbStringbit easier to change the path and view the contents instead of digging through node_modules
maxAge1000 * 60 * 60Numberif set to null or false automated gc will be disabled
storeundefinedStringnot currently working - will allow for multiple nedb collections, still working out the kinks.
  • accepts either sync/async flow, if you don't have an nedb instance going, use this to create one -- otherwise pass it into your options object.
GET http://localhost:3000/session/v1?limit=20
  • if (limit=20) then it will only return 20 objects, etc.
GET http://localhost:3000/session/v1?skip=10
  • skip fields, good for paging
GET http://localhost:3000/session/v1?sort=val
  • sort doc in ascending
GET http://localhost:3000/session/v1?sort=-val
  • sort doc in descending order

GET http://localhost:3000/session/v1?key=value
  • queries matching key/values
GET http://localhost:3000/session/v1
POST http://localhost:3000/session/v1
GET http://localhost:3000/session/v1/:id
PUT http://localhost:3000/session/v1/:id
DELETE http://localhost:3000/session/v1/:id
GET http://localhost:3000/session/v1?id=:id
PUT http://localhost:3000/session/v1?id=:id
PUT http://localhost:3000/session/v1/:id?append=true
  • append defaults to false. Set to true to do something similar to findAndUpdate
POST / PUT http://localhost:3000/session/v1
  • passing _stale in your body/json will act as an override to stale, say you need some things to last longer/shorter than other cached items
npm test
  • cake build:docs will build annotated source code documentation from docco
  • cake build:coffee will compile coffee from /src to js in /lib
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Copyright (c) 2013 David Higginbotham 
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