Developing components / plugins

What are components?

Everything you would like to add to hive is going to be wrapped in a component.

A hive-<component> can register a provider and can consume providers by other components. A provider can do stuff for you, e.g. an auth provider can do authentication.

Application tasks (e.g. http, queue, etc.) are encapsuled as services. The beauty of services is that they can be started internally in the main process or externally in a separate process. You can register your services with the services provider.

Note that hive doesn't implement a way to re-start specific services since this would require assumptions that would limit your choices about the set-up and architecture of your instance.

Usually a component is either a provider or a service, although in rare cases it might be both, e.g. the http component is a kind of registry provider while encapsuling the actual http server in a service.

Parts of hive

Core server-side providers

All the core providers reside in hive-core.

  • hooks -- allows registration and emission of hooks
  • logger -- provides logging functionality
  • config -- loads and provides the configuration
  • cli -- register your subcommands here
  • services -- register your services here
  • broadcast -- allows document-wise broadcasting of messages and new changes
  • http -- a koa.js instance
  • orm -- Sets up the orm (waterline) and emits the orm:initialize hook to allow tweaking of settings
  • ot -- Allows registration of ot types
  • ui -- Allows registration of directories with static files, client-side components and stylesheets
  • sync -- Manages gulf Documents
  • auth -- Allows registration of authentication methods and authorization implementations
  • importexport

Core client-side providers

All the core client-side providers reside in hive-ui

  • ui -- kicks off everything on the client side and provides redux store
  • session -- allows registration of authentication methods and handles authentication
  • editor -- allows registration of editors for OT types and connects them to the server
  • api -- enables access to the REST API
  • importexport -- access to import/export functionality
  • settings -- exposes settings in the UI and allows components to get and set them

Core services

You can start these services with the -s|--start option of hive(1).

  • http -- the http server
  • queue -- a semaphore that tells each worker when it's turn has come to commit changes

Core commands

  • hive(1) -- main binary
  • hive-init(1) -- easily set-up your hive instance

Other core components

  • models -- registers the built-in data models and emits models:load and models:loaded to allow addition and tweaking of models
  • interface-rest-api -- registers the REST API, which is the stadard hive interface (one way to interface with hive in your app)
  • interface-shoe -- the streaming collaboration interface used by hive-ui-editor
  • broadcast-memory -- broadcast transport stub for when you have only one worker
  • broadcast-smokesignal -- broadcast transport via smokesignal p2p network


In the drawing below you can see how all these components interact on the server.

           |   ^
           v   |
        [  Interfaces  ]---> [       ]
        [  (Auth)------]---> [Plugins]    // A worker process
         |     |     ^       [       ]
         v     v     |       [       ]
    [Model] [  Sync  |] ---> [       ]
     |       ^    |  |
     |       |    |  |
     v       v    v  |
   [DB] [Queue] [Broadcast]               // Other processes

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