A wrapper for express to provide a more structured approach to webserver development.


Trees is a wrapper around the very awesome express.js module that provides a more structured and common MVC framework to work with. You gain the benefit of tested MVC structure and the stability and features of express (a win/win)!


NOTE: It's important to note that Trees in a very early alpha stage and these instructions are almost guaranteed to change soon or break.

Install the trees module globally first.

$ npm install -g trees
$ trees new application
$ cd application
$ npm install -d

Create a file application/app/controllers/pages.js

// This is not totally necessary now, but once base Controllers are implemented 
// this will greatly help in simplyfing inheritance 
var ooj = require("ooj");
module.exports = ooj.Class({
  // This function is required now but as soon as a base Controller class 
  // is written it will no longer be necessary. 
  constructfunction(reqresnext) {
    this.request = req,
    this.response = response, = next;
  // This is our action 
  homefunction() {
    // Views are not wired in yet so it's best to keep your samples short and 
    // simple (response.end) 
    return this.response.end("<h1>Hello, World!</h1>");

Now we need to tell trees when to access your action. Open up application/config/routes.js

var app = require("../scripts/app");
app.trees.router.draw(function() {
  // You should set a default route for your root path 
  //   this.root({to: "controller#action"}); 
  //  OR 
  //   this.root({to: {controller: "controller", action: "action"}}); 
  // Add this line here, the above is incorrect (for now) as the root function 
  // doesn't exist yet. 
  this.get("/", {handler: "pages#home"});

Finally, run your server! For now, we do it all manually. I'm planning on adding in a trees server that will run the server with a live reload feature (etc...) in the future.

$ node index.js

And finally, go to localhost:3000 in your browser!


Brandon Buck