Stream-pkg is a simple tool for packages that transfered on stream-based API.
As we known, stream API is a good thing of Node.js and we could compose different applications by stream-based API conventionally. And package may be splited into small chunks when it transfered on stream-based API such as socket. We have to recompose the chunks into package when we receive them. But we have to do some jobs to find out when we get enough data to recover the original package.
Stream-pkg add a simple header for each package and the header uses variable length to record the length of the package. The header contains several bytes. The highest bit of each byte indicates whether current byte is the last byte of the header. 0 for so and 1 for not. And the low 7 bits are the data of the length value. We can read the length of package from the header and then recover the package from the rest of data. And inside stream-pkg, we use a FSM to figure out when we should parse the header part and when we should parse the data part.
npm install stream-pkg
var Composer = ;var src = 'Hello world.';var comp = ;// package to datavar res = comp;// data to packagecomp;comp;
And we can use stream-pkg in a socket-based echo server and client as below:
var net = ;var Composer = ;var server = net;server;
var net = ;var Composer = ;var client = net;var composer = ;var count = 3;var src = 'hello world!';var revCount = 0;composer;client;forvar i=0; i<count; i++client;
Compose package into byte data. ####Arguments
Feed data into composer. ####Arguments
Emit package by data event when the package has finished. ###'length_limit'(composer, data, offset) Emit when the package exceeds the limit of package size.