0.4.0-rc9 • Published 8 months ago

@typetron/websockets v0.4.0-rc9

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Typetron WebSockets

This library is used to easily listen and emit WebSockets event from the browser client to a Typetron app.

Installation

$ npm install @typetron/websockets

Note: you need to have a module loader in your app for this to work (webpack, rollup, babel, parcel, etc.)

Listening for events

You can listen to a WebSocket event sent from the server using the on('Event name') method like this on the socket connection:

socket.on('eventName').subscribe(response => {
    console.log('Backend response', response)
})
socket.on<User>('user.update').subscribe(user => {
    console.log('User updated', user)
})

The on method will return an observable (see RxJS for more details) that you can use to subscribe to.

Emitting events

If you want to signal the server with and event or when you want to send some data to it, you can use the emit('event name', data) method:

socket.emit('eventName');
socket.emit('eventName', "my message here");
socket.emit('eventName', {my: {message: "here"}});

Be aware that if you are expecting a response from the backend, you need to subscribe to the same event (or the event the server is emitting to) using the .on method.

Emitting and listening for server response

If you want to make a single "request" to the server, meaning that you want to emit and wait for a response at the same time, you can use the request('event name', data?) method. This will essentially make an emit and listen to its response using the on method for you:

const users = await socket.request<User[]>('users.list')
const savedUser = await socket.request<User>('users.save', {name: 'John'})

Message format of the WebSocket events

The Typetron WebSocket server uses a specific message format when exchanging information between it and the clients. These message have the following format: When sending a message:

{
	"event": "event name",
	"message": {
		// optional
		"body": "content sent to the controllers",
		"parameters": [
			"param1",
			"param1"
		]
		// controller method parameters (optional)
	}
}

When receiving a message:

{
	"event": "event name",
	"status": "OK"
	// or "Error",
	"message": "backend response"
	// optional
}
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