object-tie
create a link between a JSON object and a file that updates the file anytime a change is made
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Usage

Installation

$ npm install object-tie

Purpose

This module was created as a way to link an object to a file and automatically update that file anytime the object is changed or modified so that you will never lose your data. This works great for an object that handles dynamic data that is continually changing and you wish to keep the file up to date through the process of your program.

Methods

config( object )

sets the configurations of the module

newLink( object )

creates a bond to the object

addKey( object, object )

adds a key/value pair to the object, where argument[0] is the object and argument[1] is the key/value pair being added

deleteKey( object, string )

removes a key/value pair from the object, where object is the object containing the key to be deleted in the first level (so obj.level2.level3 if the key resides in the third level) and string is the name of the key

retrieve( string )

creates abond between an existing object saved to a file, where string is the filepath to the file

unlink( object )

removes the bond to the object

Functionality and Examples

When using this to save an object to a file it will automatically save to saved_object.json in the current working directory. This functionality leverages the use of Object.defineProperty employing getters and setters, leaving your object alone but tied to the file on any change. One adverse effect of this is when you print the object using console.log( obj ) it will return the values as [Getter/Setter] and to see the actual object as you would like just use console.log( JSON.stringify( obj, null, 4 ) ).

The following examples are only showing an object with depth of one, but any depth object behaves similarly, with all keys bound to the file.

Adding object-tie to a file

// /yourFile.js
var object_tie = require('object-tie').config({
    file: 'myObjects/persistantFile.json',
    warnings: true
});;

the config is optional. Default values are file: saved_object.json, and warnings: true the methods can be implemented without the config but for production environment the warnings and file location should probably be changed. file is the location of the file based on current working directory (cwd) warnings just display use warnings, useful for dev but probably best to be muted for prod

tying an object to the file

// /yourFile.js
var object_tie = require('object-tie').config({
    file: 'saved_object.json',
    warnings: true
});;

var greetings = {
    english: 'hello',
    spanish: 'hola',
    chinese: '你好'
};

object_tie.newLink( greetings );

the object greetings is now linked to a new file named saved_object.json in the current working directory. By changing any of the greetings it will update the file to display the new greeting.

So by running the line greetings.english = 'hey' the object in the file and the object will look like:

// /yourFile.js

console.log( JSON.stringify( greetings, null, 4 );
// {
//     english: 'hey',
//     spanish: 'hola',
//     chinese: '你好'
// }

and

// /saved_object.json
{
    "english": "hey",
    "spanish": "hola",
    "chinese": "你好"
}

Now what if you want to add a key to the object? Unfortunately I have not figured out a way to do this with JavaScript native style but there is a function for that

// /yourFile.js

object_tie.addKey( greetings, { korean: '안녕하세요' } );

console.log( JSON.stringify( greetings, null, 4 );
// {
//     english: 'hey',
//     spanish: 'hola',
//     chinese: '你好',
//     korean: '안녕하세요'
// }

On a future release I hope to not require this method, and on a sooner release I hope to add this as a prototype method to the object so that it can be called as obj.addKey( keysToBeAdded ).

This will now update the file to the addition made and will also allow the same functionality for korean as the other keys in the object have, where the file will be updated on any change made in standard JavaScript practice. When adding a key like this, you can also add multi-level objects and each key/value of that object will be linked to the file.

Now let's say you want to delete a key, unfortunately, it's the same scenario as addKey, and my plans to change it are the same as they are with addKey. But for now, this is how it's done

// /yourFile.js

object_tie.deleteKey( greetings, 'english' );

console.log( JSON.stringify( greetings, null, 4 );
// {
//     spanish: 'hola',
//     chinese: '你好',
//     korean: '안녕하세요'
// }

And the file will now be updated to match this.

Now let's pretend you want to stop watching this object and watch a new, already existing object

// /yourFile.js

object_tie.unlink( greetings );

greetings.english = 'hi!';
// this change is made to greetings, but the file will not have recorded it

var newGreetings = object_tie.retrieve( 'filepath/my_greetings.json' );
console.log( JSON.stringify( newGreetings, null, 4 );
// {
//     english: 'how are you?'
//     spanish: 'como estas?',
//     chinese: '你好吗?'
// }

This object now has all the same functionality as before but instead of being updated to saved_object.json it will be updated in whatever the supplied file was.

What to expect next

New features currently being worked on

  • optimization
  • addKey and deleteKey added onto the linked object as prototype methods (maybe/maybe not.. I don't want to mess with js standard objects or anything in the global namespace)
  • different places to save the object to. instead of it just being a json file it could be stored in a DB
  • was going to add an async method but would have to add promises to that to not overwrite the file, and then the performance stays the same as before... One thought is to add a promiseFlag that only allows writes when the flag is set, where it is set within the fs async callback function.

Features for the more distant future

  • removal of addKey/deleteKey methods

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