Declarative `index.js` builder for exporting files in the same directory.

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Declarative index.js builder for exporting files in the same directory.
This tiny package removes the maintenance of updating index.js files that simply require and export all of the files in the same directory to allow for a deconstuctable interface of the folder.
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yarn add @rjhilgefort/export-dir
npm install --save @rjhilgefort/export-dir


Two functions/modes of operation and both are autocurried, so you can call them however you would like (with a caveat being that you must call it will all parameters).


Allows you to apply a transformation on the file name as the exported key.
fromFiles :: (String -> String) => String<Dir> -> Object
fromFiles :: (transformation, path) => ({ })


Allows you to apply a transformation on the exports of the file as the exported key.
fromExports :: (* -> String) => String<Dir> -> Object
fromExports :: (transformation, path) => ({ })


Something more formal will come, but for now, here's some notes about the behavior. This applies to all methods/modes of operation.
  • General
- All `.js` and `.json` files will be exported.
- `*.test.js` files will be ignored.
- `index.js` will be ignored.
  • fromFiles
- `lodash.camelcase` is the default transformation.
  • fromExports
- The `name` property of the export is the default transformation.
- If a key can not be determined, that file/export is omitted from the results (see `tests`/`mocks`).


Files names as subject for transforms to keys

// Basic one-liner
module.exports = require('@rjhilgefort/export-dir').fromFiles(null, __dirname);

// With `transform` (this is the default)
const camelCase = require('lodash.camelcase');
const { fromFiles } = require('@rjhilgefort/export-dir');
module.exports = fromFiles(camelcase, __dirname);

// With Custom `transform`
const { compose } = require('ramda');
const camelCase = require('lodash.camelcase');
const upperFirst = require('lodash.upperfirst');
const { fromFiles } = require('@rjhilgefort/export-dir');
module.exports = fromFiles(compose(upperFirst, camelCase), __dirname);

Exports as subject for transforms to keys

// Folder of classes one-liner
module.exports = require('@rjhilgefort/export-dir').fromExports(null, __dirname);

// Folder of classes, with `transform` (this is the default)
const { prop } = require('ramda');
const { fromExports } = require('@rjhilgefort/export-dir');
module.exports = fromExports(prop('name'), __dirname);

// Folder of similarly structured objects: `{ constant: 'identifier' }`
const { prop } = require('ramda');
const { fromExports } = require('@rjhilgefort/export-dir');
module.exports = fromExports(prop('constant'), __dirname);

Problem / Solution

Imagine we have the following project.

We want to make sure we're keeping our functions isolated, testable, and generic, so we created a lib folder to keep them. This also has the advantage of keeping our app.js clean of helper methods and just focusing on what it, specifically, wants to do.
We want to avoid doing this:
// app.js
const foo = require('./lib/foo')
const bar = require('./lib/bar')
const baz = require('./lib/baz')
// ...

So we create lib/index.js that rexports everything...
// lib/index.js
module.exports = {
  foo: require('./foo'),
  bar: require('./bar'),
  baz: require('./baz'),

Great. New we can change our app.js file to deconstruct the methods from the folder require.
// app.js
const { foo, bar, baz } = require('./lib');
// ...

We're done, except that this is a pain to maintain. Every time we add a new method, we have to go update our index file. If we forget, we'll have a runtime error when trying to deconstruct our new method in app. This package aims to solve the problem by allowing you to setup rules for how the index file should be built, and then not having to worry about it anymore.
Here's what our lib/index.js and app.js looks like when using @rjhilgefort/export-dir:
// lib/index.js
const { fromFiles } = require('@rjhilgefort/export-dir');
module.exports = fromFiles(null, __dirname);

// app.js
const { foo, bar, baz } = require('./lib');

Q & A

Who cares about CommonJS modules anymore?
Though ES modules in Node.js is right around the corner, this is still a pattern that will likely be around in legacy code for some time.

Why does this need to exist when there's others that have implemented the same thing, and with more features?
I didn't find one that had everything I wanted and I didn't want to work in their respective code bases.