alchemy-resource is a layer on alchemy-ether that adds resource
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Alchemy Resource

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Alchemy Resource is an opinionated way to use the alchemy-ether implementation of the Alchemy Framework to create a RESTful, scalable and highly available API.

The opinions that Alchemy Resource has are:

  • Resource APIs have only 4 actions that match directly to HTTP methods: GET is show, POST is create, PATCH is update and DELETE is delete
  • The returned error message structure contains a code that is from a set of well defined error types (e.g. platform.not_found), a human readable message, and a UUID reference so API clients and providers have a shared key to discuss specific errors.
  • Service discovery is accomplished using RabbitMQ topic exchanges: A resource registers its path as a binding key on the topic exchange, e.g. /v1/users registers with the binding key v1.users.#, then all messages send to /v1/users are sent with the routing key v1.users which routes messages to the resource.
  • Structured Logging is done via a RabbitMQ queue: Alchemy Resource asynchronously sends messages to a logging queue where a specialised service listens and writes to various outputs (database, console ...)
  • Authentication is accomplished by a caller creating a session and sending the resulting session identifier in a header on each subsequent request: A Caller is resource that has a set of permissions, e.g. a caller may be permitted to call show on the Users resource but not create. A Session and Caller are both resources that are implemented using Alchemy Resource. To create a session a caller sends its id and secret to the Session resource, a session id and expiry is returned to be used for authentication. Currently sessions are stored in memcached, this will likely change in the future.

Other projects that are in different stages of development and open-sourcing that will enable a complete system are:

  • Alchemy Auth implements the Session and Caller resources and handle the authentication tasks.
  • Alchemy Router is a gateway and router that receives HTTP requests and sends them to the correct resource.
  • Alchemy Logger receives structured logging messages and writes them to various outputs including Database, SQS and log entries.

Getting Started

To install Alchemy-Ether:

npm install alchemy-resource

This example creates a resource Hello which is located at /hello, then call its show method:

AlchemyResource = require 'alchemy-resource'

hello_resource = new AlchemyResource.Resource("Hello", '/hello')

# The Hello resource implements `show` which takes a body and returns a string of the name = (context) ->
  {body: "Hello #{}"}
# Make show action public so no authentication is needed = true

# The resource service is created which contains the resource
service = new AlchemyResource.ResourceService('hello.service', [hello_resource])

# Start the Resource Service
.then( ->
  # Service sending message to the resource,
  # it only knows the path and does not know where the service lives.
    path: '/hello'
    body: JSON.stringify({ name: "Alice" })
    verb: "GET"
.then( (response) ->
  console.log(response.body) # "Hello Alice"
.finally( ->



This Alchemy Resource documentation is generated with docco from the annotated source code.

The Alchemy Resource package exports:

  1. Resource the interface that is overridden to implement Resources.

  2. ResourceService contains many resources and manages their discovery, authentication and logging.

  3. Bam (a homage to Boom) contains the formatted errors to be returned.

  4. MemcachedSessionClient the session client for memcached.

    module.exports = { Resource: require('./resource') ResourceService: require('./resource_service') Bam: require('./bam') MemcachedSessionClient: require('./memcached_session_client') }


  • Graham Jenson
  • David Mitchell
  • Wayne Hoover


2015-12-16 - Updating errors to Hoodoo Specification - Graham 2015-12-3 - Open Sourced - Graham & Wayne

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