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A Virtual Http adapter to allow in process xhr


Full stack testing of server and client code allows you to describe at a high level what an application does. Actually starting and running servers along with dispatching requests is slow and prone to errors.

Vine Hill allows you to "start" a server virutally and connect it with your client code by installing a bridge between XmlHttpRequest and your server. This allows the server to respond to requests in the same process as your client code and tests are running.

What you get is high performance tests with easy to ready stacktraces and great debugability.

Get started

var express = require('express');
var app = express();
app.get('/weather/:city', (req, res) => {
    temp: '22C'
// connect your app to a host name
var vineHill = require('vinehill');
// for a single server
vineHill({'': app});
// or for multiple servers
// vineHill({
//   '': app,
//   '': otherApp
// })
var httpism = require('httpism/browser');
httpism.get('').then(response => {


Vinehill logs requests/responses using the excellent debug module To log in the console set the DEBUG env variable to vinehill* and then run your tests.

For example:

DEBUG=vinehill* mocha

If you are using vinehill in a browser then you can enable logging by running this code in the console (or before vinehill is required)

localStorage.debug = 'vinehill*'

You can further filter logging by replacing vinehill*:

  • vinehill only logs a simplified METHOD: URL STATUS => STATUSTEXT eg. PUT: http://server1/some/file.txt => 200 OK
  • vinehill:request only log request objects
  • vinehill:response only log response objects
  • vinehill* log request, response and simplified version

Browser support

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • IE 11
  • IE Edge

Unsupported Browsers

Safari: SyntaxError: Cannot declare a parameter named 'error' as it shadows the name of a strict mode function. at /tmp/derek/node_modules/send/index.js:272:0

IE10: Object doesn't support property or method 'use' at /tmp/derek/node_modules/express/lib/application.js:143:0

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