argo

An extensible, asynchronous HTTP reverse proxy and origin server.

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Argo

An extensible, asynchronous HTTP reverse proxy and origin server.

Examples

Adding Cross-Origin Resource Sharing

Setup the server:

var argo = require('argo');

argo()
  .use(function(handle) {
    handle('response', function(env, next) {
      env.response.setHeader('Access-Control-Allow-Origin', '*');
      next(env);
    });
  })
  .target('http://weather.yahooapis.com')
  .listen(1337);

Make a request:

$ curl -i http://localhost:1337/forecastrss?w=2467861

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:55:03 GMT
Content-Type: text/xml;charset=UTF-8
Connection: keep-alive
Server: YTS/1.20.13
Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *
Content-Length: 2337

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes" ?>
<GiantXMLResponse/>

Serving an API Response

Setup the server:

var argo = require('argo');

argo()
  .get('^/dogs$', function(handle) {
    handle('request', function(env, next) {
      env.response.statusCode = 200;
      env.response.body = { dogs: ['Alfred', 'Rover', 'Dino'] };
      next(env);
    });
  })
  .listen(1337);

Make a request:

$ curl -i http://localhost:1337/dogs

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-Type: application/json
Content-Length: 34 
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:44:46 GMT
Connection: keep-alive

{"dogs":["Alfred","Rover","Dino"]}

Install

$ npm install argo

Documentation

Usage

handleFunction(type, [options], callback)

  • type: 'request' or 'response'

  • options: Mostly used for internal purposes. Optional.

  • callback(env, next): A request or response callback. env is an environment context that is passed to every handler, and next is a reference to the next function in the pipeline.

When the handler is complete and wishes to pass to the next function in the pipeline, it must call next(env).

use(handleFunction)

handleFunction is used to set up request and response handlers.

argo()
  //For every request add 'X-Custom-Header' with value 'Yippee!'
  .use(function(handle) {
    handle('request', function(env, next) {
      env.request.headers['X-Custom-Header'] = 'Yippee!';
      next(env);
    });
  })

use(package)

Alias for include(package).

target(uri)

target is used for proxying requests to a backend server.

  • uri: a string pointing to the target URI.

Example:

argo()
  .target('http://weather.yahooapis.com')

route(path, [options], handleFunction)

  • path: a regular expression used to match HTTP Request URI path.

  • options: an object with a methods property to filter HTTP methods (e.g., { methods: ['GET','POST'] }). Optional.

  • handleFunction: Same as in use.

Example:

argo()
  .route('^/greeting$', function(handle) {
    handle('request', function(env, next) {
      env.response.statusCode = 200;
      env.response.headers = { 'Content-Type': 'text/plain' };
      env.response.body = 'Hello World!';

      next(env);
    });
  })

get(path, handleFunction)

post(path, handleFunction)

put(path, handleFunction)

del(path, handleFunction)

options(path, handleFunction)

trace(path, handleFunction)

Method filters built on top of route.

Example:

argo()
  .get('^/puppies$', function(handle) {
    handle('request', function(env, next) {
      env.response.body = JSON.stringify([{name: 'Sparky', breed: 'Fox Terrier' }]);
      next(env);
    });
  })

map(path, [options], argoSegmentFunction)

map is used to delegate control to sub-Argo instances based on a request URI path.

  • path: a regular expression used to match the HTTP Request URI path.

  • options: an object with a methods property to filter HTTP methods (e.g., { methods: ['GET','POST'] }). Optional.

  • argoSegmentFunction: a function that is passed an instance of argo for additional setup.

Example:

argo()
  .map('^/payments', function(server) {
    server
      .use(oauth)
      .target('http://backend_payment_server');
  })

include(package)

  • package: An object that contains a package property.

The package property is a function that takes an argo instance as a paramter and returns an object that contains a name and an install function.

Example:

var superPackage = function(argo) {
  return {
    name: 'Super Package',
    install: function() {
      argo
        .use(oauth)
        .route('^/super$', require('./super'));
    }
  };
};

argo()
  .include({ package: superPackage})

listen(port)

  • port: A port on which the server should listen.

Error Handling

Argo allows a special error handler for capturing state when an uncaught exception occurs.

argo()
  .use(function(handle) {
    handle('error', function(env, error, next) {
      console.log(error.message);
      env.response.statusCode = 500;
      env.response.body = 'Internal Server Error';
      next(env);
      process.exit();
    });
  })
  .get('^/$', function(handle) {
    handle('request', function(env, next) {
      env.response.body = 'Hello World!';
      next(env);
    });
  })
  .get('^/explode$', function(handle) {
    handle('request', function(env, next) {
      setImmediate(function() { throw new Error('Ahoy!'); });
    });
  })
  .listen(3000);

Unlike other named pipelines, there should be only one error handler assigned to an Argo server. It is recommended to exit the process once an error has been handled. This feature uses domains.

See cluster.js for an example of using error handling to restart workers in a cluster.

Tests

Unit tests:

$ npm test

Test Coverage:

$ npm run-script coverage

License

MIT

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