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servicestack-client

servicestack-client

This library contains the Typed ServiceStack Client library that is an idiomatic port of ServiceStack's ss-utils.js JavaScript Client in native TypeScript. It provides integration with many ServiceStack features including TypeScript Add ServiceStack Reference and Server Events.

Isomorphic Fetch

It contains a clean "jQuery-free" implementation based on JavaScript's new Fetch API standard, utilizing the isomorphic-fetch implementation so it can be used in both JavaScript client web apps as well as node.js server projects.

Install

This package is pre-configured in all ServiceStackVS TypeScript VS.NET Templates

Other TypeScript or ES6 projects can install servicestack-client with:

jspm install servicestack-client

node server projects can instead install it with:

npm install servicestack-client --save

The Type Definitions are contained in the above servicestack-client npm package, if using jspm it can be installed with:

npm install servicestack-client --save-dev

Ideal Typed Message-based API

The TypeScript JsonServiceClient enables the same productive, typed API development experience available in ServiceStack's other 1st-class supported client platforms.

The JsonServiceClient leverages the additional type hints ServiceStack embeds in each TypeScript Request DTO to achieve the ideal typed, message-based API - so all API requests benefit from a succinct, boilerplate-free Typed API.

Here's a quick look at what it looks like. The example below shows how to create a C# Gist in Gislyn after adding a TypeScript ServiceStack Reference to gistlyn.com and installing the servicestack-client npm package:

import { JsonServiceClient } from 'servicestack-client';
import { StoreGist, GithubFile } from './Gistlyn.dtos';
 
var client = new JsonServiceClient("http://gistlyn.com");
 
var request = new StoreGist();
var file = new GithubFile();
file.filename = "main.cs";
file.content = 'var greeting = "Hi, from TypeScript!";';
request.files = { [file.filename]: file };
 
client.post(request)
    .then(r => { // r:StoreGistResponse
        console.log(`New C# Gist was created with id: ${r.gist}`);
        location.href = `http://gistlyn.com?gist=${r.gist}`;
    })
    .catch(e => {
        console.log("Failed to create Gist: ", e.responseStatus);
    });

Where the r param in the returned then() Promise callback is typed to StoreGistResponse DTO Type.

Support for Basic Auth

Basic Auth support is implemented in JsonServiceClient and follows the same API made available in the C# Service Clients where the userName/password properties can be set individually, e.g:

var client = new JsonServiceClient(baseUrl);
client.userName = user;
client.password = pass;
 
client.get(new SecureRequest())
    .then(r => ...);

Or use client.setCredentials() to have them set both together.

Raw Data Responses

The JsonServiceClient also supports Raw Data responses like string and byte[] which also get a Typed API once declared on Request DTOs using the IReturn<T> marker:

public class ReturnString : IReturn<string> {}
public class ReturnBytes : IReturn<byte[]> {}

Which can then be accessed as normal, with their Response typed to a JavaScript string or Uint8Array for raw byte[] responses:

client.get(new ReturnString())
    .then(str => ...);  //= str:string
 
client.get(new ReturnBytes())
    .then(data => ...); //= data:Uint8Array

ServerEvents Client

The TypeScript ServerEventClient is an idiomatic port of ServiceStack's C# Server Events Client in native TypeScript providing a productive client to consume ServiceStack's real-time Server Events that can be used in both TypeScript Web and node.js server applications.

const channels = ["home"];
const client = new ServerEventsClient("/", channels, {
    handlers: {
        onConnect: (sub:ServerEventConnect) => {  // Successful SSE connection
            console.log("You've connected! welcome " + sub.displayName);
        },
        onJoin: (msg:ServerEventJoin) => {        // User has joined subscribed channel
            console.log("Welcome, " + msg.displayName);
        },
        onLeave: (msg:ServerEventLeave) => {      // User has left subscribed channel
            console.log(user.displayName + " has left the building");
        },
        onUpdate: (msg:ServerEventUpdate) => {    // User channel subscription was changed
            console.log(user.displayName + " channels subscription were updated");
        },        
        onMessage: (msg:ServerEventMessage) => {} // Invoked for each other message
        //... Register custom handlers
        announce: (text:string) => {}             // Handle messages with simple argument
        chat: (chatMsg:ChatMessage) => {}         // Handle messages with complex type argument
        CustomMessage: (msg:CustomMessage) => {}  // Handle complex types with default selector
    },
    receivers: { 
        //... Register any receivers
        tv: {
            watch: function (id) {                // Handle 'tv.watch {url}' messages 
                var el = document.querySelector("#tv");
                if (id.indexOf('youtu.be') >= 0) {
                    var v = splitOnLast(id, '/')[1];
                    el.innerHTML = templates.youtube.replace("{id}", v);
                } else {
                    el.innerHTML = templates.generic.replace("{id}", id);
                }
                el.style.display = 'block'; 
            },
            off: function () {                    // Handle 'tv.off' messages
                var el = document.querySelector("#tv");
                el.style.display = 'none';
                el.innerHTML = '';
            }
        }
    },
    onException: (e:Error) => {},                 // Invoked on each Error
    onReconnect: (e:Error) => {}                  // Invoked after each auto-reconnect
})
.addListener("theEvent",(e:ServerEventMessage) => {}) // Add listener for pub/sub event trigger
.start();                                             // Start listening for Server Events!

When publishing a DTO Type for your Server Events message, your clients will be able to benefit from the generated DTOs in TypeScript ServiceStack References.