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Ritley JS

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Ritley is a small package with only two dependencies that allows you to create REST applications in no time. You can define Resources as entities which handle requests to the server. Create as many instances as you need. Also you can extend (inherit) previous entities to build more complex behaviors. Ritley is build on top kaop OOP features. You may use this package to provide Dependency Injection, Method overriding, Transaction Advices, etc.


Ritley is still on development and it doesn't provide SSL support yet so, for now, I don't recommend use it on serious production environments.

Getting Started

Install ritley: npm install ritley --save

Create a file structure like this:

├── public
│   └── index.html
├── ritley.cfg.js
├── start.js
└── package.json

Ritley expects to receive a configuration file with some parameters which define its behavior such as these:

// ./ritley.cfg.js
module.exports = {
  "base": `/rest`,                  // api resource prefix
  "static": `${__dirname}/public`,  // static directory to serve your front
  "port": 8080,                     // port to be used by ritley to run the app

First you should use setConfig to set up providers that will take care of configuring modules. Start defining your resource by extending from AbstractResource. Then you can create instances providing your entity name to be handled:

// ./start.js
const { setConfig, AbstractResource, extend } = require("ritley");
setConfig(require("./ritley.cfg")); // load configuration
const BasicResource = extend(AbstractResource, {
  get(request, response) {          // curl localhost:8080/rest/dummy?id=1 -X GET -v
    console.log(this.$abspath);     // "rest/dummy"
    console.log(this.$uri);         // "dummy"
    console.log(request.query);     // { "id": 1 }
    response.statusCode = 200;
  post(request, response) {         // curl localhost:8080/rest/dummy -X POST --data '{ "something": 1 }' -v
    console.log(request.toJSON());  // { "something": 1 }
    response.statusCode = 200;
new BasicResource("dummy");

In deep (wip)

Ritley rely on NodeJS default http package to perform 99% of its operations. This library is only a shell that helps you organize your code into OOP patterns and Resources. Say you have the following configuration file:

  "base": `/api`,
  "static": `${__dirname}/dist`,
  "port": 8080,
  • If you browse localhost:8080 ritley will try to search your /dist/index.html

  • If you browse localhost:8080/js/bundle.js ritley will try to search your /dist/js/bundle.js

Basically if any route doesn't start by the api prefix which is base, then ecstatic package will try to resolve it using configuration's static entry.

So, if you're requesting a POST to localhost:8080/api/resource1 from anywhere, lets say axios within your JavaScript application, ritley will look if there is any resource listening that route for that HTTP verb.

You may create different resources by extending from basic ones if you need to handle auth or other complex behavior.


Ritley uses Node's default http package to manage all stuff. You don't have to worry about learn another API but this one that you may already known.

For convenience inside any AbstractResource subclass you can access:

this.$uri       // resource name
this.$srv       // node http server (singleton)
this.$cfg       // ritley confg object (full)
this.$abspath   // `${this.$cfg.base}/${this.$uri}`;


Working 'getting started' example/ folder


  • Create examples for advanced behaviors
  • Setup testing
  • SSL support


npm i ritley

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