read-file-utf8

reads content from file using utf-8 encoding

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API

read(filePath)

It is a function that returns a Promise and requires one parameter:

Usage

Read from a text file.

const read = require('read-file-utf8')

const filePath = 'file.txt'

// Since read-file-utf8 function will return a Promise,
// the most comfortable way to run it is inside an async function.
async function example () {
  try {
    // Read file content.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
    const content = await read(filePath)

    console.log(content)
  } catch (error) {
    // In case you do not have permissions,
    // you may want to handle it here.
    console.error(error)
  }
}

// Run example.
example()

Examples

Import JSON

This makes sense at the time of this writing (2020) since it is not possibile to import JSON using require when ES modules are enabled in Node. For example to read version from a package.json you can do something like the following.

async function showPackageJsonVersion () {
  const { version } = await readFile('package.json').then(JSON.parse)

  console.log(version)
}

showPackageJsonVersion()

Read SQL files

Suppose you have some SQL queries. It is really better to put every query in its own queryFile.sql good old SQL file, instead then inside someOtherFile.js JavaScript file.

Create a sql/ folder and put there all your queries. Add also a sql/index.js with the following content

const path = require('path')
const read = require('read-file-utf8')

function sql (fileName) {
  return read(path.join(__dirname, `${fileName}.sql`))
}

module.exports = sql

Suppose there is a sql/count_winners.sql file with the following content

SELECT COUNT(*) AS num
FROM foo.contest
WHERE is_winner IS TRUE

Now you are able to do, for example

const pg = require('pg')

const sql = require('./path/to/sql/index.js')

const connectionString = '@@@your connection string here@@@'

pg.connect(connectionString, async function (err, client, done) {
  if (err) return console.error(err)

  const sqlCode = await sql('count_winners')

  client.query(sqlCode, function (err, result) {
    if (err) return console.error(err)

    console.log(result.rows[0].num)
  })
})

See also

License

MIT