bradnoriega bradnoriega - 27 days ago 9
Javascript Question

RequireJS load string

In my app there are dynamic parts that are loaded from database as string that looks like:

"define(['dependency1', 'dependency2'], function(){"+
" // function body" +
"})"


which is just a simple requireJS module, as a string. I want to lazy load the script above using async require call. So, my main requireJS script looks like:

require(["jquery"], function($){
$(document).ready(function(){
// logic to load specific script from database
var scriptString = functionToLoadTheStringAbove();

// ideally i would like to call it like this
require([scriptString], function(){
// scriptString, dependency1, dependency2 are loaded
}
});
});


How do I load those string in requireJS? I know about text plugin, but it only allow loading from files. I tried eval but it doesn't resolve dependencies correctly.

Answer

This is quite late, but I just post my solution here in case anyone needs.

So I ended up asking in requireJS forum and examining the source of text! plugin and json! plugin. The cleanest way to load module from String in RequireJS is by making your own plugin to load the String, and then use onLoad.fromText() that will eval your String and resolve all dependencies.

Example of my plugin (let's call it db! plugin):

define([], function(){
    var db = new Database(); // string is loaded from LocalStorage
    return {
        load: function(name, req, onLoad, reqConfig){
            db.get(name, function(err, scriptString){
                if (err) onLoad(err);
                else onLoad.fromText(scriptString);
            });  
         }
    }
});

You can then use the plugin like:

require(["jquery", "db!myScript"], function($, myScript){        
    // jQuery, myScript and its dependencies are loaded from database
});

Note:

  1. There's no way to require() from String without eval. This is what onLoad.fromText() does internally. Since eval is evil, you should only use it if you know what String you're going to eval(). If you're using it in browser extension, you might want to relax the CSP policy.
  2. To name your String module, you can use explicit naming syntax. This way, your module will always have the same absolute name.
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