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stashback

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Stashback

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Stashback is a library for stashing and retrieving callbacks in a decoupled request/response workflow. Its primary use case is to enable code within an http request/response sequence to publish a message to an ESB, e.g. RabbitMQ and wait for a reply.

Installation

npm install stashback

Example Usage (Express)

var rabbitmq = require('./my-rabbitmq-client')
var express = require('express')
var format = require('util').format
var uuid = require('node-uuid').v4
var stashback = require('stashback')({ timeout: 5000 })
 
var app = express()
 
app.get('/greet/:id', function(req, res, next) {
 
    // Generate a unique id for the callback
    var callbackId = uuid()
 
    // Define the callback
    var callback = function(err, user) {
        if (err) return next(err)
        res.send(format('Hello %s', user.name))
    }
 
    // Stash the callback for later execution
    stashback.stash(callbackId, callback, function(err) {
 
        // An error will occur if you've used a duplicate callbackId.
        if (err) return next(err)
 
        // Publish the message to the ESB, requesting user for the specified id. Using rabbitmq as an example.
        rabbitmq.publish({ callbackId: callbackId, userId: req.params.id })
    })
})
 
app.listen(3000)
 
 
function onMessage(message) {
 
    // When we receive the user response unstash the callback using the callbackId specified in the message
    stashback.unstash(message.callbackId, function(err, callback) {
 
        // Execute the callback passing it the user object (the callback will be a no-op if something went wrong)
        callback(err, message.user)
    })
}
 

Callback Expiry

In order to prevent a slow memory leak and to abort slow running requests it's a good idea to configure stashback with a timeout. This can be done globally and for each 'stash' operation. See the api for more details.

Duplicates

Attempting to 'stash' multiple callbacks with the same id results in an error. Attempting to 'unstash' a callback twice (or after it has expired) results in both an error and a no-op callback being returned. i.e.

stashback.unstash('never-stashed-or-expired', function(err, callback) {
    assert.equal(err.message, 'Unknown key: never-stashed-or-expired')
    assert.equal(typeof callback, 'function')
})

Further Customisation

You can further customise stashback's behaviour by providing your own onDuplicateKey, onUnknownKey and onExpiry handlers. See the api for more details.

install

npm i stashback

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898

version

1.1.0

license

ISC

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