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    JXPath is a query langauge for JavaScript Objects (parsed JSON).

    Enhancements over jsonpath include:

    • parent operator ../
    • query using regular expressions (on both property names and their values)
    • recursive descent operator **
    • lazy tree walking
    npm install @mangos/jxpath

    Query operators overview

    operator jxpath example
    literal_text exact selector /persons/adress/city
    .. parent selector /persons/adress/[zip=/$FL/]/../firstName
    ** recursive descent [/employees/**/[name=Clark Kent]/address
    [key=value] predicate [city=London], [city=/town$/], [/name$/=/^Smith/]
    [regexp1=regexp2] regexp predicate (including regexp flags) [city=/town$/igm], [/name$/=/^Smith/], [/name$/=Mr Dubois]

    Note: more operators will be implemented, create an issue if you have an idea for a novice operator

    Query "path" elements are seperated by / token and predicates are enclosed between /[ ]/ tokens.

    JXPath alaws returns a array of values/objects, if nothing was selected by the query the array will be empty.

    JXPath navigates through arrays and objects agnosticly.

    Look the the following JS object:

    const data = {
        manager: {
            firstName: 'Big',
            lastName: 'Boss'
        employees: [ 
                firstName: 'Tammy',
                lastName: 'Brant',
                address: {
                    zip: 'AL 36104'
                    city: 'Calumet City',
                    street: '837 West St.'
                firstName: 'Roy',
                lastName: 'White',
                address: {
                    zip: 'AL 36487',
                    city: 'Tullahoma',
                    street: '843 Golden Star Avenue'
                firstName: 'James',
                lastName: 'Kirk',
                address: {
                    zip: 'FL 32301',
                    city: 'Jackson Heights',
                    street: '572 Myrtle Avenue'
    const  path =  // see examples below
    const jxpath = require('@mangos/jxpath');
    const iterator = jxpath( path , data); // returns iterator, lazy lexing
    console.log( Array.from( iterator );
    //-> result , see below

    The /employees/ is an array of objects, and /manager is single nested object, JXPath query treats them both agnosticly.

    Predicate [..] query selector

    Predicates have the general pattern /[key=value]/; both key and value can be regular expressions

    regular expression predicates

    The regular expresion predicate will take flags igmsuy after the last regexp delimiter /.

    • A path of /employees/[firstName=/(Tammy|Roy)/]/lastName would return the the lastNames: [ 'Brant', 'White' ] omitting Kirk.
    • A path of /employees/[/Name$/=/.*/]/firstName would return the first-and lastNames combined: [ 'Tammy', 'Brant' , 'Roy' , 'White' , 'James' , 'Kirk' ]
    • A path of /manager/[/Name$/i=/^B/i] (not the use of the i flag) will return the object value manager since both firstName and lastName match the left side expression and both values start with the upperCase B (or lowerCase b because of the use of flag i).

    literal predicates

    • A path of /manager/firstName returns the result [ 'Big' ].
    • A path of /employees/firstName returns the result [ 'Tammy', 'Roy', 'James' ].
    • A path of /employees/non-existant-path returns an empty result [].

    Parent selector

    A parent selector is the two dots .. as it is in XPath.

    • A path of /employees/address/[zip=/^AL/]/../firstName will give back the result [ 'Tammy', 'Roy', ], aka all first names of employees having a zipcode starting with AL.

    Recursive descent selector

    A recursive descent selector is the ** as it is in XPath.

    • A path of /**/zip will give back the zip prop values in the JS object (descending through objects or array of objects). Result ['AL 36104','AL 36487', 'FL 32301'].


    Can use jxpath in a curried fashion

    const  path =  // see examples 
    const jxpath = require('@mangos/jxpath');
    const curry = jxpath( path ); // curried 
    const iterator = curry(data); // process data, re-use the curried version

    Ignore property names

    Can use jxpath can ignore properties (especially handy if the object has circular references).

    • The third argument in the jxpath is a singular field containing the name of the property to ignore (recursivly found in objects).
    • The second argument in the curried form of jxpath is a singular field containing the name of the property to ignore (recursivly found in objects).
    const  path =  '**/[city=New York]/../firstName';
    const jxpath = require('@mangos/jxpath');
    // curried form
    const curry = jxpath( path ); // curried 
    const iterator = curry(data, 'parent' ); // ignore "parent" property when doing recursive descent
    // non curried form
    const iterator = jxpath( path, data, 'parent' ); // ignore "parent" property when doing recursive descent

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