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Basepath in Valum

I have recently introduced a basepath middleware and I thought it would be relevant to describe it further.

It’s been possible, since a while, to compose routers using subrouting. This is very important to write modular applications.

var app = new Router ();
var user = new Router ();

user.get ("/user/<int:id>", (req, res, next, ctx) => {
    var id = ctx["id"] as string;
    var user = new User.from_id (id);
    res.extend_utf8 ("Welcome %s", user.username);

app.rule ("/user", user.handle);

Now, using basepath, it’s possible to design the user router without specifying the /user prefix on rules.

This is very important, because we want to be able to design the user router as if it were the root and rebase it on need upon any prefix.

var app = new Router ();
var user = new Router ();

user.get ("/<int:id>", (req, res) => {
    res.extend_utf8 ("Welcome %s".printf (ctx["id"].get_string ()))

app.use (basepath ("/user", user.handle));

How it works

When passing through the basepath middleware, request which have a prefix-match with the basepath are stripped and forwarded.

But there’s more!

That’s not all! The middleware also handle errors that set the Location header from Success.CREATED and Redirection.* domains.

user.post ("/", (req, res) => {
    throw new Success.CREATED ("/%d", 5); // rewritten as '/user/5'

It also rewrite the Location header if it was set directly.

user.post ("/", (req, res) => {
    res.status = Soup.Status.CREATED;
    res.headers.replace ("Location", "/%d".printf (5));

Rewritting the Location header is exclusively applied on absolute paths starting with a leading slash /.

It can easily be combined with the subdomain middleware to provide a path-based fallback:

app.subdomain ("api", api.handle);
app.use (basepath ("/api/v1", api.handle));

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