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💧A type safe replacement for Node’s EventEmitter💧

'evt' is intended to be a replacement for 'events'.
It enables and encourages functional programming and makes heavy use of typescript’s type inference features to provide type safety while keeping things concise and elegant 🍸.

Suitable for any JS runtime env (deno, node, old browser, react-native …)

  • ✅ It is both a Deno and an NPM module.
  • ✅ Lightweight, no dependency.
  • ✅ No polyfills needed, the NPM module is transpiled down to ES3

Can be imported in TypeScript projects using version >= 3.4 (Mar 2019) and in any plain JS projects.

Install / Import

In Deno:

import { Evt } from "";

Anywhere else:

> npm install --save evt
import { Evt } from "evt"; 

Import from HTML, with CDN

Expose a global (wider browser support):

<script src="//"></script>
    const { Evt } = window["evt"];


import { Evt } from "evt";

const evtText = new Evt<string>();
const evtTime = new Evt<number>();

evtText.attach(text => console.log(text));
evtTime.attachOnce(time => console.log(time));"hi!"); //Prints "hi!";   //Prints "123";  //Prints nothing


import { Evt, to } from "evt";

const evt = new Evt<
    [ "text",  string ] | 
    [ "time",  number ]

//Mind the '$' prefixing 'attach'
evt.$attach(to("text"), text => console.log(text));
evt.$attachOnce(to("time"), time => console.log(time));["text", "hi!"]);["time", 123]);["time", 1234]);

*Those are introductory examples, EVT can do much more than this.

Try it

Run some examples


There are a lot of things that can’t easily be done with EventEmitter:

  • Enforcing type safety.
  • Removing a particular listener ( if the callback is an anonymous function ).
  • Adding a one-time listener for the next event that meets a condition.
  • Waiting (via a Promise) for one thing or another to happen.
    Example: waiting at most one second for the next message, stop waiting if the socket disconnects.

Concerning RxJS:

  • It introduces a lot of abstractions. It’s a big jump from EventEmitter.
  • It is often needed to resort to custom type guards, the filter operator breaks the type inference.
  • Tend to be quite verbose.
  • It could be months before it eventually supports Deno.

EVT is an attempt to address all these points while trying to remain as accessible as EventEmitter.

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