Read Evaluate Print Loop (REPL): Node.js

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Today let us see REPL in Node.js

read-evaluate-print-loop-node-js

Most programming languages provide REPL facility to test and debug the code, and Node.js is no different in this approach.

Command Prompt
Console Window

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C:\>node
> 1 + 1
2
> var a;
undefined
> a = 10
10
> a + 5
15
> a
10
> ++a
11
> a++
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> a
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> "Satish "+"B"
'Satish B'
> function technotip() { return 101; }
undefined
> technotip();
101
>2

Here we can type in our valid code snippet and instantly get the results. Some of the things we can do are: arithmetic operations, string manipulations, pre and post increment decrement of numbers, method declaration and defining and calling the methods etc.

We could even require some built-in node modules and using its objects we can look at the methods and properties it provides.
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> var http = require("http");
undefined
> http.STATUS_CODES
{ '100': 'Continue',
  '101': 'Switching Protocols',
  '102': 'Processing',
  '200': 'OK',
  '201': 'Created',
  '202': 'Accepted',
  '203': 'Non-Authoritative Information',
  '204': 'No Content',
  '205': 'Reset Content',
  '206': 'Partial Content',
  '207': 'Multi-Status',
  '300': 'Multiple Choices',
  '301': 'Moved Permanently',
  '302': 'Moved Temporarily',
  '303': 'See Other',
  '304': 'Not Modified',
  '305': 'Use Proxy',
  '307': 'Temporary Redirect',
  '400': 'Bad Request',
  '401': 'Unauthorized',
  '402': 'Payment Required',
  '403': 'Forbidden',
  '404': 'Not Found',
  '405': 'Method Not Allowed',
  '406': 'Not Acceptable',
  '407': 'Proxy Authentication Required',
  '408': 'Request Time-out',
  '409': 'Conflict',
  '410': 'Gone',
  '411': 'Length Required',
  '412': 'Precondition Failed',
  '413': 'Request Entity Too Large',
  '414': 'Request-URI Too Large',
  '415': 'Unsupported Media Type',
  '416': 'Requested Range Not Satisfiable',
  '417': 'Expectation Failed',
  '418': 'I\'m a teapot',
  '422': 'Unprocessable Entity',
  '423': 'Locked',
  '424': 'Failed Dependency',
  '425': 'Unordered Collection',
  '426': 'Upgrade Required',
  '428': 'Precondition Required',
  '429': 'Too Many Requests',
  '431': 'Request Header Fields Too Large',
  '500': 'Internal Server Error',
  '501': 'Not Implemented',
  '502': 'Bad Gateway',
  '503': 'Service Unavailable',
  '504': 'Gateway Time-out',
  '505': 'HTTP Version Not Supported',
  '506': 'Variant Also Negotiates',
  '507': 'Insufficient Storage',
  '509': 'Bandwidth Limit Exceeded',
  '510': 'Not Extended',
  '511': 'Network Authentication Required' }

Here by using http object, we get all the status code supported by http module of node.js

Command Prompt
Console Window

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> var os = require("os");
undefined
> os
{ endianness: [Function],
  hostname: [Function],
  loadavg: [Function],
  uptime: [Function],
  freemem: [Function],
  totalmem: [Function],
  cpus: [Function],
  type: [Function],
  release: [Function],
  networkInterfaces: [Function],
  arch: [Function],
  platform: [Function],
  tmpdir: [Function],
  tmpDir: [Function],
  getNetworkInterfaces: [Function: deprecated],
  EOL: '\r\n' }
> os.type
[Function]
> os.type();
'Windows_NT'

Here we see contents of os module. Also fetch the type of Operating System we are using, by using type() method supported by OS module.

Read Evaluate Print Loop (REPL): Node.js


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Note: Node.js is built on the same Google’s V8 JavaScript Engine which is using by Google’s Chrome – thus providing the same speed and robustness to our node.js applications.

For quick reference: Status Code and it’s meaning
‘100’: ‘Continue’,
‘101’: ‘Switching Protocols’,
‘102’: ‘Processing’,
‘200’: ‘OK’,
‘201’: ‘Created’,
‘202’: ‘Accepted’,
‘203’: ‘Non-Authoritative Information’,
‘204’: ‘No Content’,
‘205’: ‘Reset Content’,
‘206’: ‘Partial Content’,
‘207’: ‘Multi-Status’,
‘300’: ‘Multiple Choices’,
‘301’: ‘Moved Permanently’,
‘302’: ‘Moved Temporarily’,
‘303’: ‘See Other’,
‘304’: ‘Not Modified’,
‘305’: ‘Use Proxy’,
‘307’: ‘Temporary Redirect’,
‘400’: ‘Bad Request’,
‘401’: ‘Unauthorized’,
‘402’: ‘Payment Required’,
‘403’: ‘Forbidden’,
‘404’: ‘Not Found’,
‘405’: ‘Method Not Allowed’,
‘406’: ‘Not Acceptable’,
‘407’: ‘Proxy Authentication Required’,
‘408’: ‘Request Time-out’,
‘409’: ‘Conflict’,
‘410’: ‘Gone’,
‘411’: ‘Length Required’,
‘412’: ‘Precondition Failed’,
‘413’: ‘Request Entity Too Large’,
‘414’: ‘Request-URI Too Large’,
‘415’: ‘Unsupported Media Type’,
‘416’: ‘Requested Range Not Satisfiable’,
‘417’: ‘Expectation Failed’,
‘418’: ‘I\’m a teapot’,
‘422’: ‘Unprocessable Entity’,
‘423’: ‘Locked’,
‘424’: ‘Failed Dependency’,
‘425’: ‘Unordered Collection’,
‘426’: ‘Upgrade Required’,
‘428’: ‘Precondition Required’,
‘429’: ‘Too Many Requests’,
‘431’: ‘Request Header Fields Too Large’,
‘500’: ‘Internal Server Error’,
‘501’: ‘Not Implemented’,
‘502’: ‘Bad Gateway’,
‘503’: ‘Service Unavailable’,
‘504’: ‘Gateway Time-out’,
‘505’: ‘HTTP Version Not Supported’,
‘506’: ‘Variant Also Negotiates’,
‘507’: ‘Insufficient Storage’,
‘509’: ‘Bandwidth Limit Exceeded’,
‘510’: ‘Not Extended’,
‘511’: ‘Network Authentication Required’

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