node package manager
Share your code. npm Orgs help your team discover, share, and reuse code. Create a free org »



Story is an generator-based control flow engine that helps you write complex functions that are highly testable. It is an alternative to co and async/await.

Basically it's a super testable solution to callback hell.

Getting started


npm i story
# or
npm i --save story

Create the story

// stories/checkGithubStatus.js 
import { callback } from 'story'
import { get } from 'http'
export default function* checkGithubStatus () {
  let { statusCode } = yield callback(get, '')
  if (statusCode >= 200 && statusCode < 300) {
    return 'up'
  } else {
    return 'down'

Run the story

// index.js 
import { story } from 'story'
import example from './stories/example'
  status => console.log(status) // "up" 

Test the story

// test/example.js 
import { call } from 'story'
import checkGithubStatus from '../stories/checkGithubStatus'
import assert from 'assert'
import { get } from 'http'
let iterator = checkGithubStatus()
// Start the function 
let firstYield =
// Expect the first instruction to be a request to 
assert.deepEqual(firstYield, {
  value: callback(get, ''),
  done: false
// Mock a 404 response 
let secondYield ={ statusCode: 404 })
// Make sure the function returns "down" 
assert.deepEqual(secondYield, {
  value: 'down',
  done: true


The API is pretty simple. There are two types of function containers, story and poem. A story returns a promise, while a poem returns a generator. Both support the same yieldables with the exception of put, which only works inside poem.

story.wrap and poem.wrap can be used to wrap a your function for later use rather than executing it immediately.


returns Promise

Call a generator and return a promise which will resolve with your last yield or return value.

returns Function

Convert a generator into a regular function that returns a promise which will resolve with your last yield or return value. Use this if you want to use a story more than once and/or you need to pass in arguments.

returns Generator

Exactly like story, except returns a Generator instead of a Promise. You can yield output with yield put(value). Every time next() is called on a poem it will return with a promise that will resolve your next yielded put.

Calling next() multiple times in a row without waiting for the yielded promise to resolve will result in an error.

poem(function* () {
  // Every second, poll github and see if it's still up 
  while (true) {
    yield call(sleep, 1000)
    let status = yield call(checkGithubStatus)
    yield put(status)
returns GeneratorFunction

Just like poem but instead of executing the GeneratorFunction immediately, returns another GeneratorFunction that wraps yours for later use.


Use these inside a story or poem to do cool stuff.


Yielding a promise will halt execution until it resolves, then return the resolved value.

Arrays and Objects

You can yield an array or object of yieldables and they will be interpreted in parallel. Nested arrays and objects are supported. Yielding an array of promises is the same as yielding Promise.all(arr).

callback([context], Function, ...arguments)

Run a function with a callback and wait for it to complete. Assume a node-style (err, result) argument pair. If the first argument is an error, it will be thrown. Otherwise the second argument will be returned. You can use this to interface with any library that uses callbacks.

import { story, callback } from 'story'
import { readdir } from 'fs'
story(function* () {
  // List every file in the src directory 
  let files = yield callback(readdir, __dirname)
  console.log(files) // [index.js, package.json, ...] 

Combine two or more streams into a pipeline, handle errors from any of them, and resolve when the final stream finishes.

import { story, pipe } from 'story'
import { createReadStream, createWriteStream } from 'fs'
import { createGzip } from 'zlib'
story(function* () {
  // gzip index.js 
  yield pipe(

Same as pipe, but does not end the final stream. Useful for combining files. You will need to manually close your final stream by either calling stream.end or using piping something to it with pipe instead of pipe.append.

import { story, pipe, callback } from 'story'
import { createReadStream, createWriteStream } from 'fs'
story(function* () {
  let bundle = createWriteStream('bundle.js')
  yield pipe.append(createReadStream('stuff.js'), bundle)
  yield pipe.append(createReadStream('index.js'), bundle)
  yield callback(bundle, bundle.end)
call(Function, ...arguments)

Calls the given function with the given arguments. If it returns a promise, waits for that promise to resolve. The result is returned.

import { story, call } from 'story'
story(function* () {
  let status = yield call(checkWebsiteStatus, '')
  console.log(status) // "up" 
apply(context, Function, ...arguments)

Calls the given function in the given context with the given arguments. If it returns a promise, waits for that promise to resolve. The result is returned.

Exactly the same as call, but keeps the function bound to the required context.

import { story, apply } from 'story'
story(function* () {
  let myRocket = new Rocket()
  yield apply(myRocket, myRocket.launch, 'mars')

Only useful inside a poem, the put function yields a result that can be iterated over.

import { poem, put } from 'story'
poem(function* clock () {
  let i = 0
  while (true) {
    yield call(sleep, 1000)
    yield put(i)

Pull an item out of an iterator, and wait for it to resolve if it is a promise.

import { story, take } from 'story'
story(function* () {
  let time
  while ((time = yield take(clock))) {