dispatchr

A Flux dispatcher for applications that run on the server and the client.

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Dispatchr
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A Flux dispatcher for applications that run on the server and the client.

Usage

For a more detailed example, see our example applications.
var ExampleStore = require('./stores/ExampleStore.js');
var dispatcher = require('dispatchr').createDispatcher({
    stores: [ExampleStore]
});

var contextOptions = {};
var dispatcherContext = dispatcher.createContext(contextOptions);

dispatcherContext.dispatch('NAVIGATE', {});
// Action has been handled fully

Differences from Facebook's Flux Dispatcher

Dispatchr's main goal is to facilitate server-side rendering of Flux applications while also working on the client-side to encourage code reuse. In order to isolate stores between requests on the server-side, we have opted to instantiate the dispatcher and stores classes per request.
In addition, action registration is done by stores as a unit rather than individual callbacks. This allows us to lazily instantiate stores as the events that they handle are dispatched. Since instantiation of stores is handled by the dispatcher, we can keep track of the stores that were used during a request and dehydrate their state to the client when the server has completed its execution.
Lastly, we are able to enforce the Flux flow by restricting access to the dispatcher from stores. Instead of stores directly requiring a singleton dispatcher, we pass a dispatcher interface to the constructor of the stores to provide access to only the functions that should be available to it: waitFor and getStore. This prevents the stores from dispatching an entirely new action, which should only be done by action creators to enforce the unidirectional flow that is Flux.

Helper Utilities

These utilities make creating stores less verbose and provide some change related functions that are common amongst all store implementations. These store helpers also implement a basic shouldDehydrate function that returns true if emitChange has been called by the store and false otherwise.

BaseStore

require('dispatchr/addons/BaseStore') provides a base store class for extending. Provides getContext, emitChange, addChangeListener, and removeChangeListener functions. Example:
var inherits = require('inherits');
var BaseStore = require('dispatchr/addons/BaseStore');
var MyStore = function (dispatcherInterface) {
    BaseStore.apply(this, arguments);
};
inherits(MyStore, BaseStore);
MyStore.storeName = 'MyStore';
MyStore.handlers = {
    'NAVIGATE': function (payload) { ... this.emitChange() ... }
};
MyStore.prototype.getFoo = function () { var context = this.getContext(), ... }
module.exports = MyStore;

createStore

require('dispatchr/addons/createStore') provides a helper function for creating stores similar to React's createClass function. The created store class will extend BaseStore and have the same built-in functions. Example:
var createStore = require('dispatchr/addons/createStore');
var MyStore = createStore({
    initialize: function () {}, // Called immediately after instantiation
    storeName: 'MyStore',
    handlers: {
        'NAVIGATE': function (payload) { ... this.emitChange() ... }
    }
    foo: function () { ... }
});
module.exports = MyStore;

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License

This software is free to use under the Yahoo! Inc. BSD license. See the LICENSE file for license text and copyright information.