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Public API

Each entity of the methodology is designed as a user-friendly and integrable module.


The convenience of using and integrating the module is achieved through the fulfillment of a number of goals:

  1. The application must be protected from changes to the internal structure of individual modules
  2. The processing of the internal structure of the module should not affect other modules
  3. Significant changes in the behavior of the module should be easily detectable

    Significant changes in the behavior of the module - changes that break the expectations of the user entities of the module.

These goals can be achieved by introducing a public interface (Public API), which is a single access point to the module's capabilities and defines the "contract" of the module's interaction with the outside world.

The entity structure must have a single entry point that provides a public interface

โ””โ”€โ”€ features/ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย #ย 
       โ”œโ”€โ”€ auth-form /      # Internal structure of the feature
       |     โ”œโ”€โ”€ ui/ย  ย  ย  ย  #
       |     โ”œโ”€โ”€ model/ย  ย  ย #
       |     โ”œโ”€โ”€ {...}/ย  ย  ย #
       โ”œโ”€โ”€ index.ts         # Entrypoint features with its public API
export { Form as AuthForm } from "./ui"
export * as authFormModel from "./model"

Requirements for the public API

Meeting these requirements allows you to reduce interaction with the module to the implementation of a public interface-contract and, thereby, achieve reliability and ease of use of the module.

1. Access Control

The public API must control access to the contents of the module

  • Other parts of the application can use only those module entities that are presented in the public interface
  • The internal part of the module outside the public interface is accessible only to the module itself.


Suspension from private imports
  • Bad: There is a direct access to the internal parts of the module, bypassing the public access interface - it is dangerous, especially when refactoring the module

    - import { Form } from "features/auth-form/components/view/form"
  • Good: The API exports only what is necessary and allowed in advance, the module developer now needs to think only about not breaking the Public API when refactoring

    + import { AuthForm } from "features/auth-form"

2. Sustainability for changes

The public API should be sustainable for changes inside the module

  • Breaking changes in the behavior of the module are reflected in the change of the Public API


Abstracting from the implementation

Changing the internal structure should not lead to a change in the Public API

  • Bad: moving or renaming this component inside the feature will lead to the need to refactor imports in all places where the component is used.

    - import { Form } from "features/auth-form/ui/form"
  • Good: the interface of the feature does not display its internal structure, external "users" of the feature will not suffer from moving or renaming the component inside the feature

    + import { AuthForm } from "features/auth-form"

3. Integrability

The public API should facilitate easy and flexible integration

  • Should be convenient for use by the rest of the application, in particular, to solve the problem of name collisions


Name collision
  • Bad: there will be a name collision

    export { Form } from "./ui"
    export * as model from "./model"
    export { Form } from "./ui"
    export * as model from "./model"
    - import { Form, model } from "features/auth-form"
    - import { Form, model } from "features/post-form"
  • Good: the collision is solved at the interface level

    export { Form as AuthForm } from "./ui"
    export * as authFormModel from "./model"
    export { Form as PostForm } from "./ui"
    export * as postFormModel from "./model"
    + import { AuthForm, authFormModel } from "features/auth-form"
    + import { PostForm, postFormModel } from "features/post-form"
Flexible use
  • Bad: it is inconvenient to write, it is inconvenient to read, the" user " of the feature suffers

    - import { storeActionUpdateUserDetails } from "features/auth-form"
    - dispatch(storeActionUpdateUserDetails(...))
  • Good: the "user" of the feature gets access to the necessary things iteratively and flexibly

    + import { authFormModel } from "features/auth-form"
    + dispatch(authFormModel.effects.updateUserDetails(...)) // redux
    + authFormModel.updateUserDetailsFx(...) // effector
Resolution of collisions

Name collisions should be resolved at the level of the public interface, not the implementation

  • Bad: name collisions are resolved at the implementation level

    export { AuthForm } from "./ui"
    export { authFormActions, authFormReducer } from "model"
    export { PostForm } from "./ui"
    export { postFormActions, postFormReducer } from "model"
  • Good: name collisions are resolved at the interface level

    export { actions, reducer }
    export { Form as AuthForm } from "./ui"
    export * as authFormModel from "./model"
    export { actions, reducer }
    export { Form as PostForm } from "./ui"
    export * as postFormModel from "./model"

About re-exports

In JavaScript, the public interface of a module is created by re-exporting entities from inside the module in an index file:

export { Form as AuthForm } from "./ui"
export * as authModel from "./model"


  • In most popular bundlers, due to re-exports, the code-splitting works worse, because tree-shaking with this approach, it is safe to discard only the entire module, but not part of it.

    For example, importing authModel into the page model will cause the AuthForm component to get into the chunk of this page, even if this component is not used there.

  • As a result, initialization of the chunk becomes more expensive, because the browser must process all the modules in it, including those that got into the bundle "for the company"

Possible solutions

  • webpack allows you to mark re-export files as side effects free - this allows webpack to use more aggressive optimizations when working with such a file

See also