Web Framework Agnostic Textual URL Route Definition
This module is used to direct url routes to particular module handlers, which allows a user to define a text file of routes and have those bound to particular modules and appropriate exports.
In it's simplest form here is what a plaintext route rule looks like:
/help/index? => help
Which is equivalent to the full equivalent (the
GET method is assumed when
not specified) of:
GET /help/index? => help
Which can be broken into three parts:
METHOD pattern => handler
routerules itself implements no pattern matching itself with regards
to routes, the pattern can be just about anything (i.e. anything that doesn't
=> character string) to define a route. All the
module does is create an array of simple routing rule objects which are mapped
to a "best fit" handler function.
The best fit handler function is selected in the following priority order
(relative to a module
basePath which can be provided as an option to the
routerules function call).
For instance, given rule (
GET /test => full.path.to.handler or
GET /test => full/path/to/handler) the best fit handler is determined by
checking the following in order:
Attempting to require a module at path
module.exports maps to a function, OR has an
index function export.
Attempting to require the module at path
full/path/to that exports a
As you can imagine, there is little point using the
routerules module when
you only have a few simple rules in your application. The real benefit comes
when you have a lot of rules and you want to use some external configuration
source for those rules. To assist with this, a
routerules.load helper is
provided which can load rules from a file in a format similar to what is shown
# Send GET requests for /hello to handlers/test.js (hello export)GET /hello => simple.hello# Send GET requests for /hello2 to handlers/test.js (hello export)/hello => simple.hello
routerules.load function will set the
for targeted modules to the directory of the filename that was specified in the
load function call. In this way, if you were to create a folder that brought
together all your route handlers, you could provide a simple text file in that
folder to instruct your framework of choice how to wire those handlers up.
Load the specified text file, split on newline characters load into route rules
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