Ally pattern for react-redux

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npm install react-redux-ally@1.1.2


React Redux Ally

This project spawned off of the React Redux project. The difference with this project is a change in signature of the ally (previously connect) function, and the introduction of some common actions and reducers that are needed to work with some of the ally Functionality.

Differences between ally and connect

The ally function takes a single argument, which is an object. The function allows the following parameters

  • mapStateToProps: this is the same as the first argument of the connect function, and will allow you to manually map values from the state to props of the component being wrapped.
  • mapDispatchToProps: this is the same as the second argument of the connect function, and will allow you to manually add properties to dispatch actions.
  • mergeProps: this is the same as the third argument of the connect function, however the signature is changed so that the fourth argument will be the ally props.
  • options: this is the fourth argument of connect, and allows you to set the pure and withRef property
  • fields: this is the major addition to ally. Fields allow you to set properties that are automatically mapped to the path that is provided. See below for the documentation on the fields option.

Philosophy difference with reducers

One of the main ideas that ally tries to implement is the idea of having full access to your store from any component in a declarative way.

The first main idea is that any piece of data can be accessed from the root state via a path, which is the chaining of properties on each object to get the desired value. A path can either be a string in the dot format ('') or an array of strings (['foo', 'bar']).

The second idea is that there are certain needs for storing data for instances of components, rather than just components or values that are intended to be shared between components. This second idea is accomplished by specific usages of paths that are to be boxed into their own areas.

In ally, there are three types of fields: instance, component, and shared.

Instance fields have paths that are automatically prefixed by the component name, and then an integer number that is unique to that instance. By setting the type to instance, you don't have to worry about managing this detail.

Component fields have paths that are automatically prefixed by the component name. These values are intended to be shared across instances of the same component.

Shared components have paths that remain unaltered. These paths are intended to be shared across different components at different locations.


Fields is accepted as an option to the ally function, as indicated above. Fields is an object of objects that are used to define the fields that are available to the rendered component. Here's a list of properties that are available to a field, and what that property does.

  • name - this determines the name of the property that will be used for the field. If this is not provided, then the key of the object will be used instead. Remember that this name ends up as a key in the component's props, so choose wisely.
  • type - the type must be either instance, component, or shared. This determines the path prefix that will be automatically added to the path of the field. The default type is instance.
  • path - this is the path of the field relative to the root of the store. This property can be a string, array, or function that returns a string or array. If it is a function, a context with the current props of the function, the store's state, and the store's dispatcher are made available. (You don't want to dispatch anything here though, it's not supported.) This defaults to the key of the object if necessary.
  • defaultValue - this will be chosen if the field's value in the store is undefined. Please note that this value will never be added to the store, but only used if the store's value is undefined.
  • readonly - if this value is true, then the auto-generated setter is not added to the props. If it is false, then the auto-generated setter with a name that is setPascalCase (e.g fooBar -> setFooBar) is added to the props, which will dispatch a set command using the ally set action.
  • getter - if this value is provided and is a function, then it will be used instead of the normal retrieval method. If you need access to the original value, the defaultGetter function is passed in as the first and only argument of the function.
  • setter - if this value is provided and is a function, then it will be used instead of the normal dispatch to ally set. The arguments of this function are the value and the defaultSetter function.

Example Field Definition:

fields {
    foo: {
        name: 'theFoo',
        type: 'component',
        path: ['data', 'foo'],
        defaultVale: 'defaultFoo',
    bar: {
        type: 'component',
        getter: function () {
            return lodash.get(this.state, ['bar'])
        setter: function (value) {
            this.dispatch(allyMerge('bar', value))