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Role Management

Manage application and profile roles in a simple manner. You can define your applications/modules and set a couple of roles (permissions). Then you can define profiles and add application roles to it. You can export the profiles and applications in JSON format to import later.

Install

npm install roles

API

To use Roles, just include it in your role.

var roles = require("roles");

Creating an application

An application can be your entire application or an application module, it's your choice to split the roles into several applications (modules) or have all roles in one big application. To create an application you just have to define a name.

var myApp = roles.addApplication("myapp");

You can then add and remove roles from it.

myApp.addRoles("create")
     .addRoles("remove")
     .addRoles("view");
// or add them all at once
myApp.addRoles("create", "remove", "view", "list");
// you can remove the same way
myApp.removeRoles("list");

You could do this all in the application constructor:

var myApp = roles.addApplication("myapp", [ "create", "remove", "view" ]);

Creating a profile

A profile is a way of defining a set of permissions that someone or something (that has that profile associated) can use to access somewhere or something. Confused?

var guestProfile = roles.addProfile("guest"),
    managerProfile = roles.addProfile("manager");

guestProfile.addRoles("myapp.view");
managerProfile.addRoles("myapp.*"); // this is auto-updated if MyApp changes roles

Just like in the Application constructor, this could be defined with less calls:

var guestProfile = roles.addProfile("guest", [ "myapp.view" ]),
    managerProfile = roles.addProfile("manager", "myapp.*");

Testing roles

Now that you have your applications and profiles defined, it's simple to test roles. Imagine you have a user that you assign the profile called "guest". You can test for a specific permission like this:

// return true
console.log("Guest has myapp.view role?", guestProfile.hasRoles("myapp.view"));

If you don't assign the profiles and applications to a variable, you can retrieve them using the roles.

// return true
console.log("Guest has myapp.view role?", roles.getProfile("guest").hasRoles("myapp.view"));

Just like adding roles, you can also test if a profile has more than one role.

// return true
console.log("Manager has myapp.view/create role?", managerProfile.hasRoles("myapp.view", "myapp.create"));

If any of the roles is not assigned to a profile, it woule return false. If you just want to check for at least one role, you can use the alternative .hasAnyRoles.

// return true
console.log("Guest has myapp.view/create role?", guestProfile.hasAnyRoles("myapp.view", "myapp.create"));

Export/import

To save your work, you can export all the applications and profiles.

jsonData = roles.export(); // save the returned JSON to a file or database

Following the same pattern, you can import later.

roles.import(jsonData); // everything will be reseted before importing

License (MIT)

Copyright (C) 2011 by Diogo Resende

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