The flatiron library is no more. So, other than reading stuff, there just isn’t all that much relevant stuff, here.

This post continues the creation of a to-do list with flatiron.js.

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Now, we need to go back and change the handler for GET to list the tasks found in the session that we added back in the story 3.

Now, we’ll use plates to build the list of items and, then, put it back into the overall page. plates binds values based on HTML attributes such as the id or class of the elements in the template. This removes the gunk that you normally find in templates. I like that idea, a lot. However, it does not handle collections of values, so we need to do that ourselves.

First, we need to include the plates library into the script.

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// server.js

var session = require('connect').session
, cookieParser = require('connect').cookieParser
, flatiron = require('flatiron')
, app = flatiron.app
, fs = require('fs')
, resourceful = require('resourceful')
, qs = require('querystring')
, plates = require('plates') // INCLUDE PLATES
;

I added a UL tag to my index.html with an id of “task-list”. Now, in the server.js file, in the GET handler for /, we need to render the tasks into LI tags. Here’s what mine looks like.

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app.router.get('/', function() {
var self = this;
fs.readFile('index.html', function(err, data) {
if(err) {
self.res.writeHead(404);
self.res.end();
return;
}

/* NEW STUFF HERE */
var listContent = "";
var listItemTemplate = '<li>' +
'<span id="ctime" class="ctime"></span>' +
'I need to <span id="desc" class="desc"></span>' +
'</li>';
if(typeof self.req.session.tasks === 'undefined') {
self.req.session.tasks = [];
}
self.req.session.tasks.forEach(function(task) {
var data = {
'desc': task.desc,
'ctime': new Date(task.ctime).toDateString()
};
listContent += plates.bind(listItemTemplate, data);
});
data = plates.bind(data, {'task-list': listContent});
/* NEW STUFF HERE */

self.res.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/html'});
self.res.end(data);
})
});

I run it and everything seems fine except when I click the “Add” button, no new task appears in my list. No empty LI tag. No nothing. What’s going on? It’s like the session doesn’t remember my tasks between requests. So, I’m going to put a log statement in the check for my task list being undefined.

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if(typeof self.req.session.tasks === 'undefined') {
console.log('No tasks in the session.');
self.req.session.tasks = [];
}

When I run it, sure enough, after a post, I see that message printed. Darn it. The connect session plugin must not be working. Once again, going to the source of session.js, I notice that the plugin writes the session cookie when the Response object emits a ‘header’ event. That could be it. So, I’ll put that into my POST handler because I want the cookie written at that point.

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app.router.post('/', function() {
var self = this;
var task = new (Task)({desc: self.req.body.desc});
if(task.validate().valid) {
task.save();
if(!self.req.session.tasks) {
self.req.session.tasks = [];
}
self.req.session.tasks.push(task);
}
self.res.writeHead(303, {'Location': '/'});
self.res.emit('header'); // <------------------- NEW LINE HERE
self.res.end();
});

I type npm start and after I POST a new to-do item … BOOM!

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TypeError: Cannot read property 'encrypted' of undefined
at [object Object].<anonymous> (./todo/node_modules/connect/lib/middleware/session.js:217:31)

Back to the source and I see that the session plugin requires a value for req.connection.encrypted. Well, let’s stub that value and see what happens.

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app.router.post('/', function() {
var self = this;
var task = new (Task)({desc: self.req.body.desc});
if(task.validate().valid) {
task.save();
if(!self.req.session.tasks) {
self.req.session.tasks = [];
}
self.req.session.tasks.push(task);
}
self.res.writeHead(303, {'Location': '/'});
self.req.connection = {encrypted: false}; // <-- NEW LINE HERE
self.res.emit('header'); // <------------------- NEW LINE HERE
self.res.end();
});

Again, with the npm start and … SUCCESS! Now, when I post my task, it appears in my list! Hooray!

story 4