Decoding Knack Nest: The Knack Power In Your Custom Server

Hi folks,

Ever wondered how to streamline your backend applications with maximum efficiency and flexibility? Let us to talk to you about the power of the Knack Nest library, where NodeJs, NestJs, and Knack collaborate seamlessly.

Here, we’ll shed light on how NodeJs serves as your gateway to server-side JavaScript, and how NestJs becomes the blueprint for your backend applications. Through a practical example, we’ll show how their combination within Knack Nest supercharges your coding environment. This isn’t just about enriching your coding toolkit; it’s about unveiling a new level of operational excellence in server-side programming. Ready to explore?

NodeJs acts as your portal into the world of server-side JavaScript

NodeJs isn’t just a technology, it’s a veritable gateway. It serves as your portal into the world of server-side JavaScript, which, when combined with Knack, opens up a universe of possibilities. Think of it as a powerful maestro conducting the symphony that is your code, seamlessly integrating it with the server side. This allows your Knack applications to be even more versatile and powerful.

NestJs serves as the blueprint for crafting your backend applications

On the other hand, NestJs serves as the blueprint for crafting your backend applications in Knack. It offers a solid foundation and a toolkit filled with preconfigured solutions to turbocharge your backend projects. The combination of NestJs with Knack allows for a streamlined development, boosting productivity and ensuring a smoother user experience.

Amplify Your Backend Applications with the Power of Knack Nest

Now, what happens when we integrate NodeJs and NestJs with Knack? The answer is simple: You get Knack Nest. A library designed to replicate an Object Relational Mapping (ORM) behavior within NestJs allows you to manage your database as if it were an object in your code, using the Knack-SDK library funcionality. The result? A higher level of control, flexibility, and efficiency in managing your backend applications.

So, what does the integration look like in action? Let’s use an example.

Exploring a Real-World Application

Now, we’re shifting gears from the theoretical to the practical. We will demonstrate how this comes to life in a real-world example - a glimpse of how we utilize these technologies within Soluntech. Let’s walk through this together.

As can be seen, the configuration of the appId, apiKey, and the Knack API host in the application’s main module is set up. This configuration will be available in all NestJs modules where you wish to implement the Knack API.

Next, the entity file corresponding to a Knack object is configured.In this file, the KnackObject decorator is used and passed the object identifier labeled as ‘object_y’ for confidentiality in this case.

After creating the entity or entities, you set up the KnackModule.forFeature inside the NestJs module where you wish to implement it. In this example, you can see the entities of ReservationKnack and CarKnack.

Once the forFeature has been configured, it can be used in the service file, where business logic is developed. As you can see, the Knack entity to be used within the KnackRepository is injected into the class’s constructor and implemented as a class property. Therefore, this property enables all the acquisition, creation, deletion, and update methods of the Knack API associated with the injected entity. Note that as many properties as entities implemented in KnackModule.forFeature can be created.

As seen in the previous image, the implementation of ‘getRecords’ is shown, retrieving the reservation object’s records from the Knack project.

In this other image, you can see the implementation of ‘getRecord’, but this time with a filter by id, and the update of a reservation with the ‘updateRecord’ method.

The result of this endeavor is a library uploaded to the NPM servers, allowing anyone who needs to implement Knack within their NestJS project to do so seamlessly. We look forward to making improvements to this library in the future.

And there you have it – the beauty of Knack Nest. It’s an agile bridge linking the powerhouse trio of NodeJs, NestJs, and Knack. Its job is simplifying your coding journey, transforming tedious tasks into smooth operations. It’s not just neat; it’s a game-changer. So, why not take it for a spin in your next project?

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