instant-listen

Do you have an Express request handler that requires some preparation before it’s ready? This package makes it easy to set up a “deferred” handler that will allow the server to start listening earlier, then respond when the real handler is ready. That mea

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instant-listen
Do you have an Express request handler that requires some preparation before it’s ready? This package makes it easy to set up a “deferred” handler that will allow the server to start listening earlier, then respond when the real handler is ready. That means you can start making requests right away, instead of refreshing a bunch of “connection refused” pages while your app is bootstrapped.

Examples

Next.js with Express

This package is currently quite useful with Next.js in development mode, which has a rather slow bootstrapping phase. There are two slow parts to Next.js’ startup time. The initial app creation:
// This is really slow!
const app = next({ dev });

And the preparation, which performs a webpack build:
// This is even slower!
app.prepare().then(/* ... */);

Typical custom server instructions don’t call listen() until after both of these steps are complete, meaning if you try to load the app in the meantime, you’ll get an error until the server is ready to accept connections.
Using instant-listen makes it easy to start the slow bootstrapping phase after the server is already listening:
const express = require("express");
const next = require("next");
const instantListen = require("instant-listen");

const server = express();

const handler = instantListen(async () => {
  const app = next({ dev: process.env.NODE_ENV !== "production" });
  const handle = app.getRequestHandler();
  await app.prepare();
  return handle;
});

server.get("*", handler);

server.listen(3000, err => {
  if (err) {
    throw err;
  }
  handler.init();
  console.log(`> Ready on http://localhost:3000`);
});

Usage

// CommonJS
const instantListen = require("instant-listen");
// Modules
import instantListen from "instant-listen";

Call instantListen with a function that returns your request handler, or a Promise that resolves to a request handler.
const handler = instantListen(async () => {
  // Do some work…
  return myHandler;
});

The result is a new request handler that will delay responding to requests until it is ready to use your real handler. The handler function has two extra properties:
  • init: A function to call when you’re ready for your handler creation
function to begin. In order to guarantee the server starts listening as soon as possible, it’s best to do this after the server is already listening (like in the listen() callback).
  • ready: A Promise that will resolve when the handler has been created and is
ready to respond to requests.