Auto re-execute functions when data change
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Implementation of the Functional reactive programming (FRP) paradigm, using reactive values. (Naive implementation of Meteor Tracker)

Used to keep track of variable values, and automaticaly execute code when a value change.

It automaticaly guess data dependencies, and when one of them change, every Hacktiv functions that depends on this data are retriggered to take consideration of the new values.


$> npm install hacktiv

Quick Start

Will successively print 'test' and 'test2':

Hacktiv = require 'hacktiv'

# Get a new reactive value
value = new Hacktiv.Value 'test'

# The Hacktiv function will keep track of reactive values,
# re-executing the function if any of the values or any
# of their dependencies called inside have changed
Hacktiv ->

  # Calling the value without parameter returns the actual value
  console.log value()

# [...]

# Calling the value with a parameter update the underlying value and will reprint
value 'test2'

Will successively print 'One Two' and 'One Three' :

value = new Hacktiv.Value 'One'

value2 = new Hacktiv.Value 'Two'

# Here if any of value or value2 change,
# the console.log will reprint these two values
Hacktiv ->
  console.log value() + ' ' + value2()

value2 'Three'

Will successively print 'test' and 'test2' :

value2 = new Hacktiv.Value 'test'

# You can set reactive values as Functions or Objects.
# They can reference other values, that will cause the Hacktiv function
# to rerun if any of them change
value = new Hacktiv.Value ->

Hacktiv ->
  console.log value()

value2 'test2'


You can check if you are in a watching context with Hacktiv.active booleen

console.log Hacktiv.active    #false

Hacktiv ->
  console.log Hacktiv.active  #true

console.log Hacktiv.active    #false

Stop watching

To stop watching, just get the handler back from your Hacktiv function and call its Stop() function

value = new Hacktiv.Value 1

handler = Hacktiv ->
  console.log value()

value2 'test2'


# This call will not refresh the function
value2 'test3'

You can temporarily stop watching with Hacktiv.DontWatch() :

Hacktiv ->

  Hacktiv.DontWatch ->
    # Here values are not monitored

Playing with the Dependency object

Will successively print [], ['test1'] and ['test1', 'test2'] :

Hacktiv = require 'hacktiv'

class List extends Hacktiv.Dependency

  tasks: []

  AddTask: (task) ->
    @tasks.push task

  Send: ->

list = new List

Hacktiv ->

  # Replace this with a websocket or a stream
  console.log list.Send()

list.AddTask 'test1'
list.AddTask 'test2'


When multiples Hacktiv functions run simultaneously, dependencies may not be correctly guessed cause of the global bus event 'depends', catched by every Computations



The Hacktiv is the main function, taking track of every computations.

  • Hacktiv(function)
    • Add a new Computation with the given function


  • constructor(function)

    • Start recording, Run the function, Stop recording.
  • StartRecord()

    • Keep track of every Dependencies that run their _Depends() call
  • StopRecord()

    • Stop recording for Dependencies


  • constructor()

    • Set the unique id for the dependency
  • _Depends()

    • Send a global event to tell current recording Computation that a value has been accessed.
  • _Changed()

    • Send a localised event to each Computations that have catched the Dependency that a value has changed.


Is a function that take one argument.

  • With argument: Setter
  • Without argument: Getter


  • Jail the Computation Record methods to avoir Dependencies collisions
  • Provide methods to stop watching


  • Simplified syntax for Value. Now useable directly as function taking no parameter for Get and taking one for Set

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