fringe

Fast, lightweight, and extensible message framing over streams

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Fast, lightweight, and extensible message framing over streams.

Installing

npm install --save fringe

Usage

By default, fringe encodes your input buffer with the string FRINGE plus the byte length of the input buffer encoded as UInt32BE.

Hello world:

const { Encoder, Parser } = require('fringe');

const encoder = new Encoder();
const parser  = new Parser();

encoder.pipe( parser );

parser.on( 'message', buffer => console.log( buffer.toString('utf8') ) );

encoder.write('hello');
encoder.write('world');

Events

When a complete message is received, Parser will emit two events:

data

The standard Node.js data events for streams. The argument passed to your callback will be a Buffer of the original message payload.

message

The argument passed to the message event will be the return value of the Parser instance's translate method (see below).

By default, this value will be identical to the Buffer passed to the data callback – but is useful for situations where translate may return a parsed object.

Configuration

Encoder and Parser each accept two arguments:

format

An object containing formatting options for the message

prefix

A string that will be prepended to each message (may be an empty string). Defaults to FRINGE.

lengthFormat

The binary format that the payload length will be stored as. Options are UInt8, UInt16BE, UInt16LE, UInt32BE, and UInt32LE. Defaults to UInt32BE.

maxSize

The maximum acceptable payload length in bytes. Defaults to 100 MB (1024 1024 100).

options

Options to be passed directly to the underlying Transform stream.

Extending

Encoder and Parser may each be sub-classes with custom translate methods.

Encoder translate

Accepts any value and must return a string or Buffer.

An example translate function to accept an object and output a JSON string:

translate( obj ) {
  return JSON.stringify( obj );
}

Parser translate

Accepts a string or Buffer and may return any value.

An example translate function to accept a Buffer and output an object:

translate( buffer ) {
  return JSON.parse( buffer.toString('utf8') );
}

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