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Remult, a Crud Framework for Fullstack Typescript

Remult is a full-stack CRUD library that simplifies development by leveraging TypeScript models, providing a type-safe API client and query builder.

In software development, two data models must be managed and synchronized to ensure proper system functionality: server and client models. Server models specify the structure of the database and API, while client models define the data transmitted to and from the API.

However, maintaining separate sets of models and validators can result in redundancy, increased maintenance overhead, and the potential for errors when the models become out of sync.

Remult solves this problem by providing an integrated model that defines the database schema, exposes simple CRUD APIs, and supports client-side integration that enables developers to query the database, all while maintaining type safety easily.

Defining Entities

Remult utilizes decorators to transform basic JavaScript classes into Remult Entities. Developers can accomplish this easily by adding the Entity decorator to the class and applying the relevant field decorators to each property.

Using decorators, Remult simplifies the process of creating entities and their associated fields, making it more efficient and intuitive for developers. 

import { Entity, Fields } from "remult"

@Entity("contacts", {
  allowApiCrud: true

export class Contact {
  id = 0
  name = ""
  number = ""

Server Side Setup

To start using Remult, register it alongside the necessary entities with the chosen server. 

Fortunately, Remult provides out-of-the-box integrations for several popular server frameworks, including Express, Fastify, Next.js, Nest, and Koa.

import express from "express";
import { remultExpress } from "remult/remult-express";
import Contact from "../shared/Contact.ts";

const app = express();

    entities: [

Client Side Integration

After configuring the backend and entities, the next step is integrating Remult with the application's front end. 

Fortunately, Remult's client integration is designed to be library agnostic, meaning it can operate using browser fetch capabilities or Axios.

To illustrate this functionality, consider the following example: 

import { useEffect, useState } from "react"

import { remult } from "remult"
import { Contact } from "./shared/Contact"
const contactsRepo = remult.repo(Contact)

export default function App() {
  const [contacts, setContacts] = useState<Contact[]>([])

  useEffect(() => {
  }, [])

  return (
        { => {
          return (
            <div key={}>
              {} | {}

This example demonstrates the ease and flexibility with which Remult can be incorporated into the front end of an application, allowing developers to seamlessly leverage the power and functionality of Remult across the entire stack.

Remult is open-source software available under the MIT license. Contributions are welcome via the Remult GitHub repository.

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