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Use case

This package can be used in this scenario

  1. You have a costly function: time consuming, heavy CPU or IO usage
  2. You need to perform that function frequently
  3. The result of your function can change over time
  4. You can tolerate some -configurable- inconsistency
  5. You want to optimize that process

How it works

It stores in memory the result of your function for immediate access, and clears that memory after a specified time. It returns a function that can be used instead your original one.

const hold = require('@wjsc/hold-on');
const myOptimizedFunction = hold(<Your Function>, <Time in miliseconds>);


1. First example

const hold = require('@wjsc/hold-on');

// Define your costly function: Let's supose it's so heavy!
const myFunction = () => new Date(); 

// Make a new version of your function with 500 ms cache
const myOptimizedFunction = hold(myFunction, 500);

// This code will execute new Date() only once
for(let i = 0; i<50; i++){
    // And it prints always the same date

2. Second example: Retrieving a remote resource

const hold = require('@wjsc/hold-on');
// Any HTTP client
const fetch = require('node-fetch');

const myFunction = () => fetch('https://httpstat.us/200')
                         .then(res => res.text());
const myOptimizedFunction = hold(myFunction, 5000);

// This code will execute the HTTP GET only once
for(let i = 0; i<50; i++){
// If you call the function after 5000 ms
// the request will be executed again

3. Third example: Cache file from local storage

const hold = require('@wjsc/hold-on');
const fs = require('fs');
const myFunction = () => new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
    fs.readFile('./my-file', 'utf8', (err, data) => 
        err ? reject(err) : resolve(data)
const myOptimizedFunction = hold(myFunction, 5000);

4. Fourth example: It's also great to cache a file from a remote Storage such as S3

const hold = require('@wjsc/hold-on');
const aws = require('aws-sdk');
    secretAccessKey: 'ABCDE',
    accessKeyId: '12345'

const s3 = new aws.S3();

const myFunction = () => {
    return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
            Bucket: 'my-bucket',
            Key: 'my-file'
        }, (err, data) => {
            if ( err ) reject(err)
            else resolve(data.Body.toString())
const myOptimizedFunction = hold(myFunction, 5000);

100% Tested Library

Every line of code is tested https://github.com/wjsc/hold-on/blob/master/test/index.test.js

Tiny size

Less than 20 lines of code and no dependencies


How to force termination

This function uses setTimeout to clear the internal cache. In some cases, you may need to clear this timer. This can be usefull if you are running a script that doesn't end at desired time, or if you want to terminate a background timer.

const myFunction = () => {};
const myOptimizedFunction = hold(myFunction, 100000000);

How to clear the memory cache

Just use the original function, or create a new function version.

Package name reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPnOEiehONQ


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