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A smarter client-side in ClojureScript

Shoreleave is a collection of integrated libraries that focuses on:

  • Security
  • Idiomatic interfaces
  • Common client-side strategies
  • HTML5 capabilities
  • ClojureScript's advantages

Installing and using

You can pull all the pieces of Shoreleave into your project by adding the following to your

(defproject ...

:dependencies [[org.clojure/clojure "1.4.0"] [shoreleave "0.3.0"] [shoreleave/shoreleave-remote-ring "0.3.0"] ... ] ... )

Individual utilies can be pulled in with

[shoreleave/UTILITY "0.3.0"]
. See the specific repo/artifact names below.


Shoreleave has support for the following:

Common client-side interactions

  • An idiomatic interface to cookies
  • An idiomatic interface to browser history (with extended support for HTML5 History API)
  • HTML Blob construction and on-demand asset building
  • An idiomatic interface to browser storage (Local Storage, Session Storage. App Cache coming soon)
  • Common auxiliary functions out-of-the-box to handle query strings, browser-repl, hash strings, and CLJS/JS interop
  • and more...

A remotes package

Shoreleave's remotes package includes XHR, Pooled-XHR, JSONP, and HTTP-RPC capabilities.

CSRF protection is built in if your Clojure server is using the ring-anti-forgery middleware. See shoreleave-baseline for anti-forgery details.

The HTTP-RPC allows for exposing a server-side namespace as a client-side API, via a single server-side call,


A typical Compojure setup might look like:

(ns baseline.handler
  (:require [compojure.handler :as handler]
            [baseline.routes :as routes]
            [baseline.config :refer [config]]
            [ring.middleware.session.cookie :refer [cookie-store]]

(def app routes/all-routes)

(defn get-handler [app] (-> app (shoreleave.middleware.rpc/wrap-rpc) (ring.middleware.anti-forgery/wrap-anti-forgery) (ring.middleware.gzip/wrap-gzip) (handler/site {:session {:cookie-name "baseline" :store (cookie-store {:key (config :session-secret)}) ;:store (cookie-store) :cookie-attrs {:max-age (config :session-max-age-seconds) :http-only true}}}) (ring.middleware.file-info/wrap-file-info) (hiccup.middleware/wrap-base-url)))

(def war-handler (get-handler app))

With a routes file that might look like this:

(ns baseline.routes
  (:require [compojure.core :as c-core :refer [defroutes
                                               GET POST PUT DELETE
                                               HEAD OPTIONS PATCH
            [compojure.route :as c-route]
            [shoreleave.middleware.rpc :refer [remote-ns]]
            ;; Controllers
            [ :as cont-site]
            ;; Public APIs

;; Remote APIs exposed ;; ------------------- (remote-ns 'baseline.controllers.api :as "api")

;; Controller routes, ROA oriented ;; ------------------------------- (defroutes site (GET "/" {session :session} (cont-site/index session)) (GET "/test" [] (cont-site/test-shoreleave)))

;; Core system routes ;; ------------------ (defroutes app-routes (c-route/resources "/") (c-route/not-found "404 Page not found."))

;; The top-level collection of all routes ;; -------------------------------------- (def all-routes (c-core/routes site app-routes))

You can also define single "global" rpc functions:

(defremote ping []
    (println "Pinged by client!")
    "PONG - from the server"))

See the full example in the shoreleave-baseline project

A pub/sub abstraction (and implementations)

Why would I ever want to use this?

Shoreleave's pub/sub system enables you to completely decouple parts of your app and declaratively bind them together. New features and functionalities can be built by composing pre-existing services/publishables.

Additionally you can express cross-cutting functionality (like logging or metrics reporting) as a service.

Reactive ClojureScript

This gives you the heart of Reactive JavaScript (RxJS), without the additional verbs (both a benefit and a tradeoff). It's often most beneficial to use DOM listeners as entry-points into the pub/sub system.

Shoreleave's pub/sub system is built upon two protocols: "brokers" and "publishables"

Out of the box, Shoreleave allows you to publish funtions, atoms, web workers, and anything that implements (str ...)/.toString, as topics. The

pub/sub bus has very little overhead, but operates synchronously. You can trade-off some performance for an async bus, the
pubsub bus.

(In-progress) The cross document bus has a small amount of overhead, but allows you to publish and subscribe from/to functions that live in other web workers or windows (in-browser concurrency for "free").

In most cases, the simple bus is the best choice.

Common external API support

Shoreleave has JSONP-wrapped support for external APIs including:

  • Google Maps
  • DuckDuckGo Zero-Click
  • (Coming soon) Wikipedia and Alpha

An enhanced ClojureScript experience

  • The ability to create embedded web workers

Where's the code?

There is a starter project that you can use as template, similar to how ClojureScript:One worked. It's also a great source to see how to build out Shoreleave+Compojure projects. * shoreleave-baseline application - marg docs of the kitchensink branch

Shoreleave is a big project and has been split up into smaller pieces within the Shoreleave organization:


What's new in the latest version?

The latest version is

  • Example application and template project, shoreleave-baseline
  • Finalized protocols and support for browser web storage (localStorage, sessionStorage)
  • Ring middleware updated and moved to be the standard Shoreleave server-side component
  • Dropped Noir support
  • Updated remotes support for better error handling
  • Improved pub/sub handling of various flow combinations
  • subscribe->
    added the pub/sub bus procotol - allows threading of flows
  • Replaced deprecated CLJS protocol usage
  • Code migrated from this project to CLJS proper
  • removed jQuery support from remotes
  • Updated all interfaces to their HTML5 finalized specs
  • bug fixes and performance improvements
  • Added more documentation

Plays well with others

Shoreleave makes no assumptions about other libraries you might be using in your app.

I have found it to pair particularly well with Enfocus

Examples and usage

Please the github doc pages (ie: Marginalia docs) above for library specifics.

There is a community-contributed demo app thanks to the hard work of Robert Stuttaford

Google Group and General Help

There is a Shoreleave CLJS Google Group. Please feel free to post all questions and general comments there.

Additionally, you can ping

in #clojure on Freenode.


Copyright (C) 2012-2013 Paul deGrandis

Distributed under the Eclipse Public License, the same as Clojure.

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