Asked  7 Months ago    Answers:  5   Viewed   51 times

I've been working with nodejs lately and still getting to grips with the module system so apologies if this is an obvious question. I want code roughly like the following below:

a.js (the main file run with node)

var ClassB = require("./b");

var ClassA = function() {
    this.thing = new ClassB(); = 5;

var a = new ClassA();

module.exports = a;


var a = require("./a");

var ClassB = function() {

ClassB.prototype.doSomethingLater() {

module.exports = ClassB;

My problem seems to be that I can't access the instance of ClassA from within an instance of ClassB.

Is there a correct / better way to structure modules to achieve what I want? Is there a better way to share variables between modules?



While node.js does allow circular require dependencies, as you've found it can be pretty messy and you're probably better off restructuring your code to not need it. Maybe create a third class that uses the other two to accomplish what you need.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

Add an environment variable called NODE_PATH and set it to %USERPROFILE%Application Datanpmnode_modules (Windows XP), %AppData%npmnode_modules (Windows 7/8/10), or wherever npm ends up installing the modules on your Windows flavor. To be done with it once and for all, add this as a System variable in the Advanced tab of the System Properties dialog (run control.exe sysdm.cpl,System,3).

Quick solution in Windows 7+ is to just run:

rem for future
setx NODE_PATH %AppData%npmnode_modules
rem for current session
set NODE_PATH=%AppData%npmnode_modules

It's worth to mention that NODE_PATH is only used when importing modules in Node apps. When you want to use globally installed modules' binaries in your CLI you need to add it also to your PATH, but without node_modules part (for example %AppData%npm in Windows 7/8/10).

Old story

I'm pretty much new to node.js myself so I can be not entirely right but from my experience it's works this way:

  1. -g is not a way to install global libraries, it's only a way to place them on system path so you can call them from command line without writing the full path to them. It is useful, for example, then node app is converting local files, like less — if you install it globally you can use it in any directory.
  2. node.js itself didn't look at the npm global dir, it is using another algorithm to find required files: (basically its scanning every folder in the path, starting from the current for node_modules folder and checks it).

See similar question for more details: How do I install a module globally using npm?

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

If your graph has less vertices than max arity allowed by your Prolog (for instance SWI-Prolog has unlimited arity), you could represent the edges as indices of arguments:

could be this

G = graph(a-[2],b-[3],c-[1,4],d-[2]).

then use arg(Edge, G, Vert-Edges) to access neighbours.

Of course any Prolog will let you describe the graph using facts. This is also the preferred way for very large graphs.

:- dynamic edge/2.


edit The edge/2 relational representation also get the (potentially large) benefits of automatic indexing.

more edit I totally forgot RDF and Semantic Web. Really powerful, we are going toward that.

Thursday, August 5, 2021
answered 5 Months ago

Just do this:

g++ test_obj.o -lA -lB -lA       -o test

When the linker reads the first libA on the command line, it'll discard the object/symbols in it that noone has depended on yet, e.g. all the symbols libB needs but not test_obj.o. So you just make it read libA again, and it'll pick up the those symbols as well.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
answered 3 Months ago

Read up on how Node.js' module loading caches modules. In your example, the 'http' instance will be the same across all your modules.

But be aware that modules are cached based on resolved filename. When requiring a built-in module like 'http' you can be reasonably sure you're getting the same module object across all your code. But 3rd party packages don't necessarily behave this way. For example, if you require 'express' and 'mime', the 'mime' module object you get will, I believe, be different from the one that's used inside of express. The reason being that express ships with it's own set of module files in it's node_modules subdirectory, while you will have installed and loaded your own copy, probably in your your_project/node_modules somewhere

Friday, October 29, 2021
answered 1 Month ago
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