Scriptor is the ultimate library for dynamically loading, reloading and running scripts, with built-in support for file watching to automatically reload when necessary.
A script is defined as a file which can be 'required' via CommonJS
require function in node and io.js. It can be a
.json, and even
.node or any other installed extension. For the asynchronous build of Scriptor, custom extensions can even be defined that take advantage of Promises and Coroutines.
Additionally, Scriptor includes a Manager class that helps to coordinate many scripts and even allow them to cross-reference each other to form more complex multi-script applications.
As of Version 2.0, Scriptor now has a command line interface capable of running Scriptor AMD scripts either synchronously or asynchronously. It can effectively replace
node in the case of AMD scripts. By default, it uses the custom extension handler to inject the define function and load files.
The initial purpose of Scriptor was to create a system for writing simple scripts that generate web pages. It has since become a standalone library.
- Quick Start
- Example Code
npm install scriptor or
npm install -g scriptor
var Scriptor = require('scriptor');
Or for the command line interface:
$scriptor -h Usage: scriptor [options] files... Options: -h, --help output usage information -V, --version output the version number -d, --dir <path> Directory to run Scriptor in -a, --async Run scripts asynchronously -c, --concurrency <n> Limit script concurrency to n when executed asynchronously (default: max_recursion + 1) -q, --close End the process when all scripts finish -w, --watch Watch scripts for changes and re-run them when changed -p, --propagate Propagate changes upwards when watching scripts -l, --long_stack_traces Display long stack trace for asynchronous errors -r, --repeat <n> Run script n times (in parallel if async) -u, --unique Only run unique scripts (will ignore duplicates in file arguments) --debounce <n> Wait n milliseconds for debounce on file watching events (default: 50ms) --use_strict Enforce strict mode --max_listeners <n> Set the maximum number of listeners on any particular script --max_recursion <n> Set the maximum recursion depth of scripts (default: 9) -v, --verbose [n] Print out extra status information (0 - normal, 1 - info, 2 - verbose) --cork Cork stdout before calling scripts -s, --silent Do not echo anything --no_ext Disable use of custom extensions with AMD injection --no_signal Do not intercept process signals --no_glob Do not match glob patterns --no_title Do not set process title
Synchronous or Asynchronous
Scriptor comes in two variations. There is the normal, synchronous build, which lazily evaluates scripts, but returns values synchronously.
Then there is the asynchronous build, which not only lazily evaluates scripts, but can load scripts and wait on return values asynchronously using Promises and even run module factories using coroutines.
For the advantages or disadvantages of either, see Here
Inside a script, Scriptor injects a few extra functions into the global
module variable that facilitates Asynchronous Module Definitions (AMD). It is a fully fledged AMD implementation complete with plugin support, lazy evaluation of defined modules, and (in the asynchronous build), fully asynchronous dependency resolution. All of which integrates gracefully with standard Node.js modules and Scriptor itself.
For a full tutorial on how to best use Scriptor with AMD, see Here
Scriptor utilizes file watchers to automatically reload and rename scripts as needed. No need to manually recompile scripts using complex file watcher code. It's all built-in.
Scriptor has a way overpowered system that can be used to 'reference' a single evaluation of a script and automatically reload and re-evaluate the reference when the script changes. In addition, Scriptor includes a fully fledged system for merging, transforming and generally manipulating references values while still propagating changes in the originating scripts.
For more information on this feature, see Here
Example Code and Useful Recipes
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Copyright (c) 2015 Aaron Trent
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