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synchttp

0.1.0 • Public • Published

synchttp

Synchronous Node.js HTTP for API testing/scripting/automation.

Installation

npm install synchttp

Sample API usage

Top 10 "interestingness" photos from Flickr

This snippet fetches a list of 10 images from Flickr and dump: title, owned and URL. An additional request is performed to fetch the user name.

var synchttp = require(synchttp);
var API_KEY = '<YOUR APP KEY>;
 
synchttp(function (sh) {
    var response = sh
        .secure(true)
        .host('api.flickr.com')
        .path('/services/rest/')
        .query({
            'api_key': API_KEY,
            'method''flickr.interestingness.getList',
            'format''json',
            'nojsoncallback': 1,
            'per_page': 10
        }).get();
    response.photos.photo.forEach(function (photo) {
        var user = sh.query({
            'api_key': API_KEY,
            'method''flickr.people.getInfo',
            'format''json',
            'nojsoncallback': 1,
            'user_id': photo.owner
        }).get();
        console.log(
            '"%s" by "%s"\n[https://www.flickr.com/photos/%s/%s]\n',
            photo.title,
            user.person.username._content,
            photo.owner,
            photo.id
        );
    });
});

Blog API

Assume you have a dummy API for your blog that allows you to create a post and then to add some tags:

POST /api/posts/               # title, body
POST /api/posts/:post_id/tags/ # label
GET  /api/posts/:post_id

In the following snippet, the id of the new post is used to add the tags and to finally fetch the whole post resource.

var synchttp = require('synchttp');
 
synchttp(function (sh) {
    var response = sh.path('/api/posts/').post({
        'title': 'Awesome post',
        'body': 'Lorem ipsum...'
    });
 
    // the path is kept across the following requests...
    sh.path('/api/posts/' + response.id + '/tags/');
    ['nodejs', 'javascript', 'sh'].forEach(function (tag) {
        // ... so only the body is needed here!
        sh.post({
            'label': tag
        });
    });
 
    var post = sh.path('/api/posts/' + response.id).get();
    console.log(JSON.stringify(post, null, 4));
});

This would result in something like:

{
    "_id": "53b1ab76b2029860505e2c18",
    "title": "Awesome post",
    "body": "Lorem ipsum...",
    "tags": [
        {
            "_id": "53b1ab76b2029860505e2c19",
            "label": "nodejs"
        },
        {
            "_id": "53b1ab76b2029860505e2c1a",
            "label": "javascript"
        },
        {
            "_id": "53b1ab76b2029860505e2c1b",
            "label": "http"
        }
    ]
}

API

Content types

Define how raw incoming/outgoing data should be parsed/formatted.

Actually supported:

  • application/json or json;
  • application/x-www-form-urlencoded or urlencoded.

module(callback)

Single entry point of this module, it runs callback in a synchronous environment.

callback takes an object of type Synchttp.

Class: Synchttp

This object is used to issue HTTP commands to the server, and it maintains a set of connection parameters so there is no need to repeat parameters that do not change in every request.

synchttp(function (sh) {
    sh.host('example.com');
    sh.path('/foo').get(); // GET http://example.com/foo
    sh.path('/bar').get(); // GET http://example.com/bar
    sh.path('/baz').get(); // GET http://example.com/baz
});

Parameters are set by calling method on this object, a sort of builder pattern can be used. Only the final actions (get, post, etc.) actually perform the communication:

synchttp(function (sh) {
    sh.host('example.com').port(1337).path('/foo/bar/baz').post({
        'name': 'value'
    });
});

Parameters come with a default value, if the corresponding method is called without arguments then the default value is restored:

synchttp(function (sh) {
    sh.host('example.com').get(); // GET http://example.com/
    sh.host().get(); // GET http://localhost/
});

Connection parameters

userAgent([userAgent])

Default synchttp/<version>.

Define the User-Agent to be send along with the HTTP requests.

httpContentType([contentType])

Default application/json.

Define the content type to be used when sending messages to the server. For incoming messages instead the Content-Type header is used.

wsContentType([contentType])

Default application/json.

Define the content type to be used when sending/receiving messages to/from the server.

host([host])

Default localhost.

Define the host to be reached.

secure([secure])

Default false.

Define whether a secure connection should be used or not..

port([port])

Default 80 or 443 according to the secure parameter.

Define the host port to be reached.

path([path])

Default /.

Define the path component of the URL to query.

query([query])

Default {}.

Define the key-value pairs to be used as query string.

headers([headers])

Default {}.

Define the key-value pairs to be used as HTTP headers.

auth([auth])

Default undefined (no authentication).

Define the basic HTTP authentication to use.

HTTP Actions

These methods return the received payload as a JavaScript object according to the Content-Type returned by the server (if possible). An exception of type Error is thrown in case of errors.

get()

Perform an HTTP GET.

post(message)

Perform an HTTP POST.

put(message)

Perform an HTTP PUT.

delete()

Perform an HTTP DELETE.

WebSocket actions

Send and receive messages through WebSockets; messages are properly parsed/formatted according to the value of the wsContentType parameter.

ws()

Try to establish a WebSocket to the server. A new WebSocket is created whenever this method is called with a different resulting URL (according to the connection parameters).

send(message)

Send a message through the WebSocket.

receive()

Receive a message from the WebSocket.

install

npm i synchttp

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0.1.0

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