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re: It would be done like this, in the current implementation: namespaces: { '/usr': { emitters: ['beep --> boop'], // You emit 'beep' and w...
 

Wow. That is exactly what I wanted. Thank you so much for the speedy reply! This helps a lot. I just have two more questions, if you can answer these as well I am pretty sure I would be all set to fully implement this in my project.

If I read the documentation correctly, with the new 'listener' you have:

listeners['beep']

this will have the corresponding response data assigned to a prop called 'beep',
due to NOT assigning a prop name with:

--> propName, 

Is that correct?

Also, for this listener you've implemented, the callback method you've shown will not trigger this listener, correct? I don't specifically need it to, just want to be clear what invoking callback() is doing.

Basically my question is... what exactly does the callback invocation do?

Just to set forth what I believe it to be based on your docs and my minor testing, it looks like the callback will go to the emitter and assign 'boop' but will not trigger the 'emit' listener on the client side. The flip side of that is that this:

socket.emit('beep', {data})

will trigger the client-side 'emit' listener but not the emitter, therefore a property of 'beep' will be assigned to the response data and 'boop' will remain empty.

With that said, when calling the 'beep' emitter method from the component like so:

this.beep();

Will that immediately trigger this 'beep' listener on the client side that you have put in place?

Do I seem to understand it fully? The callback goes directly back to the source of the request as a response and is not an emit-event at all?

First statement is correct. When 'beep' event comes in, it's data will be assigned to prop 'beep' if it's defined on the component.

The callback doesn't fire an event, it only responds to the emitter directly; i.e., there's no need to have an extra listener set up to listen for the server's response to the emitted event. Just call the callback function.

Perfect. One more thing:

With the this.beep() method that gets declared by your module according to my nuxt.config file, say I want to actually do stuff in my beep() method that will affect the data that is sent along with the emit event. Can I just do some processing in my beep() method and say

data = {myData:"myString"}
return data

or does the emitter fire asynchronously before the beep method processing is completed?

How does this work?

Also, How does the pre-emit hook and post-emit hook work with respect to passing data into the emit event or receiving the leftover data after the componentProp setter functions are processed? Is there a way to cancel the emit propagation if in the pre-emit hook function the application finds something wrong with the data the user has provided?

Actually, in your specific code snippet, the processing there is simply setting custom data, which would be specified in the nuxt.config entry as the "msg":

// nuxt.config:
emitters: [ 'beep + msg --> boop' ]

// component.vue:
data {
  return () { 
    msg: { myData: 'myString' }
  } 
}

That msg will get sent with the beep event. If you require custom processing, you do that in the pre-emit hook, and share the data using Vue's data.

With regards to cancelling an emitter event, while it's not currently implemented in the plugin, it would be done by setting a validation flag in the pre-emit hook, and watching that value. When it changes and becomes true, emit the event (i.e., call this.beep).

Thank you for all of your replies, Richard. This has set me up well!

Actually, I apologize for my answer to the second question. I realize I may have misspoke to quickly and perhaps stated something that could be incorrect. In the current implementation of the plugin, this is what is going on in the emitter:

  await runHook(ctx, pre) // run the pre-emit hook
  return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
    ...
    // Emit the event "emitEvt" with msg:
    socket.emit(emitEvt, msg, (resp) => { 
      // Handle response
    })
    ...
  })

So, the plugin is currently not checking the return value of the runHook, but I guess the next version can check for a validation value (true or false). If validation fails, the emitter should not emit the event. However, to prevent breaking code for existing users of the plugin, it should only operate on the return value if it's defined (I'll keep thinking about this). The other design challenge is: do I treat the return value as a validation value or as data that should be propagated to the emit "msg"? Maybe some happy combination can be made.

But, back to your question...so for now since the plugin does't check the pre-emit hook's validation value, you would just update your code as follows:

nuxt.config:

// emitters: [ 'checkBeep] beep + msg --> resp' ] // old
emitters: [ 'beep + msg --> resp' ] // workaround

And then in your component.js:

checkBeep() { // You'd still have this method defined
  if (this.inputValid) {
    // valid input:
    this.beep() // "beep" gets emitted with "msg"
  }
}

This way, you can still have checkBeep defined, but just omit it from the nuxt.config entry so that the plugin doesn't call it. I know going forward, it will be cleaner to let the plugin do it, so I'll just need some time to think about it. (the challenge is when a lot of people have already downloaded it, there's a small risk I'll break there existing code, so I just have to take that into consideration too)

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