LevelDB and Node: Getting Up and Running
This is the second article in a three-part series on LevelDB and how it can be used in Node.
Our first article covered the basics of LevelDB and its internals. If you haven't already read it you are encouraged to do so as we will be building upon this knowledge as we introduce the Node interface in this article.
There are two primary libraries for using LevelDB in Node, LevelDOWN and LevelUP.
LevelUP is the library that the majority of people will use to interface with LevelDB in Node. It wraps LevelDOWN to provide a more Node.js-style interface. Its API provides more sugar than LevelDOWN, with features such as optional arguments.
LevelUP exposes iterators as Node.js-style object streams. A LevelUP ReadStream can be used to read sequential entries, forward or reverse, to and from any key.
LevelUP handles JSON and other encoding types for you. For example, when operating on a LevelUP instance with JSON value-encoding, you simply pass in your objects for writes and they are serialised for you. Likewise, when you read them, they are deserialised and passed back in their original form.
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