smart

A clever web Framework without dependencies

Documentation in construction.

The main purpose of this framework is Convention Over Configuration, it's inspired from Ember.js or Ruby On Rails. It follows the MVC design pattern.

No more dependencies I don't like projects with thousand dependencies, that's why Smart doesn't use another library except the Node.js API. All is based on the http module, no express or connect here.

Your application must follow some convention for working correctly. Here is how you should present your folder / files :

You can create somes routes, each routes own a controller and a view associated, a route named hello will looking for a hello file in the controllers folder and hello.html in views folder.

Index or '/' Because every application have an index page, you must not create an index controller execpt if you realy need to perform some actions.

npm install -g smart

With this package come a command line named smart.

var http = require('http'),
Smart    = require('smart');
 
Smart.Router.map("/hello");
 
http.createServer(function(reqres) {
  Smart.Router.manage(req, res);
}).listen(3000);
 
console.log("Server launched on localhost:3000 ...");

smart new [projectName]

Generate a project with all folders needed, an index.html and server.js files.

Smart.Router Router is an object who will register and manage your routes.

    Router.map([string list])

    You will pass here all of your routes. You can create nested routes like /posts/new, the controller will be named PostsNew

    Router.manage(request, response)

    This method will use the request and response object given by the http module.

Smart.Controller

Controller is an object who will be used to deserved your data to your view. The idea is to extend the controller for adding your logic. It looks like there :

var controller = require('smart').Controller;
 
module.exports = controller.extend(function(reqres) {
  var data = getSomeData();
  res.send({
    data: data
  });
});

The data are passed through the controller and will be send to the view if you use a template engine.

By default, there is no template engine. Actually Smart support these one :

  • Handlebars
  • Jade

For using them, you have to use the Smart.use function. This function needs an object as argument, and at the moment just look for a template attribute. Here is an exemple :

Smart.use({
  template: 'jade'
});

Next, don't forget to change your views extension !

The MIT License (MIT)

Copyright (c) 2014 Thomas Deconinck

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