Cross-Platform Rust: Database Access with Node.js Integration

This post will cover integrating the rust-core library created in the previous post with Node.js.

Creating bindings between Rust and Node.js is easy with neon-bindings. Install neon-bindings globally with NPM. The getting-started page has more information on neon's dependencies for any install issues.

npm install --global neon-cli

Generate a new neon project inside /cross-platform-rust-database-access and install the neon dependencies.

neon new nodejs
cd nodejs
npm i

Before the rust-code is integrated, check to make sure neon is working as expected.

neon build --release
node lib/index.js
# hello world

Time to integrate the rust-core library. First, add rust-core to the native/cargo.toml file.

neon = "0.5.0"
rust-core = { path = "../../rust-core" }

Create the binding between Node.js and Rust by editing native/src/ and add the code below. It creates a function named call_database accessible in Node.js and accepts the SQLite path as a string to pass along to rust-core.

use neon::prelude::*;
use rust_core::database_test;

fn call_database(mut cx: FunctionContext) -> JsResult<JsString> {
    let database_path = cx.argument::<JsString>(0).unwrap().value();

    let result = database_test(database_path);

register_module!(mut cx, {
    cx.export_function("call_database", call_database)

Lastly, update the lib/index.js file to properly call the newly created binding.

var addon = require('../native');


Build and execute the Node.js code.

neon build --release
node lib/index.js
# Person { id: 1, name: "Ada Lovelace" } 

node lib/index.js
# Person { id: 2, name: "Ada Lovelace" }

That's it! While this example is pretty trivial, it's easy to imagine how it can be built upon when creating an app.

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