2nd generation RdbHost JavaScript library.

Use SQL from your browser, for the smoothest easiest possible client-app development process.

The library can be loaded with a script tag, like:

<script src="https://www.rdbhost.com/vendor/rdbhost/2.0/lib/rdb2-bundle.js"></script>

but other libraries, including polyfills, will often need to be loaded as well.

I recommend you use Lab.Js to load all modules, with a code block like:

<script type="text/javascript" src="https://www.rdbhost.com/vendor/labjs/LAB.js"></script>
    var $L = $LAB

    if (!Rdbhost.featuredetects.hasPromises())
        $L = $L.script('../vendor/es6-promises/dist/es6-promise.js');

    if (!Rdbhost.featuredetects.hasFetch())
        $L = $L.script('../vendor/fetch/fetch.js').wait();

This loads the rdbhost library and conditionally the necessary polyfills. hasPromises and hasFetch detect whether Promise and fetch are available already. Lab.js loads the libraries asynchronously and in parallel, for fastest load time.

Request Objects

Sending a query to the server involves a request object. The request constructors are on the RdbHost object, and are called super, reader, preauth, and auth after the respective roles.

var req = Rdbhost.reader();

The super and auth constructors take an optional authcode parameter.

Request methods

Most of these methods return the request object this, allowing methods to be chained.

provides the sql query to the request. returns this

wraps the query sql in additional sql that catches any NOTIFYs that get emitted by the query. It also registers this client to recieve all NOTIFYs payloads on the given _channel_. Once this client is registered, it will receive all NOTIFY payloads on that channel from any connection by any client. returns this

params(args, namedParams) provides args (a list of values) or namedParams (a dictionary of names and values) to the request. Can take either type of parameter, or one of each. Can be called without parameters to clear any data from request. returns this

provides a FormData object to the request. Cannot be used with params in same request. FormData objects contain field data to submit to server. Any query (q) in the FormData will be overwritten by the query provided in query method. returns this

if a mode other than data query is needed, this method sets the mode. Possible modes are 'email', 'credit', and 'proxy'. returns this

if query is to be done repeatedly in the same request, this method records the repeat count. returns this

returns a copy of the request, complete with all above options. Each request can only be called once, but can be cloned and each clone called once. returns new request

submits the request to the server, and returns a Promise for the results. returns Promise

If a super request was made without providing the authcode, then the request processing will ask the user for the login email and password, connect to the server for the authcode, and continue with the request query.

If a preauth request gets an error from the server, then it presents the user a form for login email and password, and connects to the server to get the authcode, and again to add the preauth query to the whitelist and execute it.

In either case, the authcode is cached in the client once retrieved.

A simple example:

var prom = Rdbhost.reader()
    .query('SELECT name, address FROM contacts;')

prom.then(function(data) {
   // do something with data
.catch(function(error) {
    // error will be a JavaScript Error

Event Emitter

The RdbHost object is an event emitter, with on, off, once and emit methods.

Some named events are:

connection-opened / connection-closed
indicate that a Websocket has been opened or closed. the event is provided two parameters, the role ...

indicates an error in the Websocket connection

is emitted whenever a query has a database error. The event is emitted with the complete errorcode, and also with a two-digit errorcode prefix. You can listen for a specific error, such as 'database-error:55b00', or for a class of errors, such as 'database-error:55'.

is emitted whenever a query has a database error, not handled by rdbhost code. The event is emitted multiple times per error, as above.

is emitted when a NOTIFY payload is received over the Websocket connection. The two parameters are channel and payload.

indicates the servers SFTP server has saved (or updated) a file in this account. The rdb2-livereload library uses this event to conditionally reload files.

indicates that a confirmation html form has been cleared from view.


Rdbhost.on('notify-received', function(channel, payload) {
    if (channel === 'chat') {
    else if (channel === 'status') {
        if (payload === 'goodbye')
            console.log('user is leaving');

Supporting Modules with Additional Features