legacy-loader
Webpack loader that prevents scripts from extending the window object
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legacy-loader

Webpack loader that prevents scripts from extending the window object

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Use this loader to cope with legacy scripts that extend the window object instead of using AMD or CommonJS.


Installation

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Usage

Basic example

Imagine you've downloaded some-legacy-script from npm which looks like

window.someLegacyScript = function () {
    console.log("Yay!");
};

Now just run npm i legacy-loader --save and configure your webpack.config.js like this

module.exports = {
    module: {
        loaders: [
            {
                test: /[\/\\]node_modules[\/\\]some-legacy-script[\/\\]index\.js$/,
                loader: "legacy"
            }
        ]
    }
};

then you can do

var someLegacyScript = require("some-legacy-script");

someLegacyScript(); // prints 'Yay!'
window.someLegacyScript; // undefined

Auto export

The legacy-loader exports a single value via module.exports when your legacy script did only add one property to the window object. If it added two or more, an object is returned instead:

// node_modules/some-legacy-script/index.js

window.propertyA = true;
window.propertyB = false;
// app.js

var someLegacyScript = require("some-legacy-script");

someLegacyScript.propertyA; // true
someLegacyScript.propertyB; // false

window.propertyA; // undefined
window.propertyB; // undefined

Specific exports

When your legacy script adds two or more properties, but you're still just interested in one particular property, you can also pass a property name:

// webpack.config.js

    ...
    {
        test: /[\/\\]node_modules[\/\\]some-legacy-script[\/\\]index\.js$/,
        loader: "legacy?exports=propertyA"
    }
    ...
// app.js

var someLegacyScript = require("some-legacy-script");

someLegacyScript; // true -> propertyA

Publish

Sometimes other libraries are relying on a particular global variable (like jQuery plugins rely on $). Then you should first consider using the imports-loader to inject that variable into the private module scope. If this is not an option for you (e.g. because you're not loading this module via webpack), you can decide to publish a single property back to the window object.

// webpack.config.js

    ...
    {
        test: /[\/\\]node_modules[\/\\]some-legacy-script[\/\\]index\.js$/,
        loader: "legacy?publish=propertyB"
    }
    ...
// app.js

var someLegacyScript = require("some-legacy-script");

someLegacyScript.propertyA; // true
someLegacyScript.propertyB; // false

window.propertyA; // undefined
window.propertyB; // false

Under the hood

The legacy-loader creates a window shim by inheriting from window via Object.create(window). Thus the legacy script receives a window-like object, without being able to extend it. Of course, this approach has the usual limitations implied by the prototype inheritance (such as iterating over window while checking for hasOwnProperty).


Contributing

From opening a bug report to creating a pull request: every contribution is appreciated and welcome. If you're planing to implement a new feature or change the api please create an issue first. This way we can ensure that your precious work is not in vain.

All pull requests should have 100% test coverage (with notable exceptions) and need to pass all tests.

  • Call npm test to run the unit tests
  • Call npm run coverage to check the test coverage (using istanbul)

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