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fluidify

1.0.1 • Public • Published

Flulidify

Flulidify is a way to easily make fluent interfaces in coffeescript where the methods can be called in any order.

Installation

Via npm: place flulidify in the dependencies your package.json or run:

npm install flulidify

Alternatively grab dist/flulidify.js. There are no dependencies. Supports both browser (flulidify global) or node (flulidify = require('flulidify')).

Examples

Say you wanted a fluent interface that looks like this:

modify(justCats)
  .inStream(animalStream)
  .using(meow)

You also don't care which order the methods are called:

modify(justCats)
  .using(meow)
  .inStream(animalStream)

You can make this work in coffeescript:

actualFunction = (predicate, stream, func) ->
  # Your code here 
 
modify = (predicate) ->
  using: (func) ->
    inStream: (stream) ->
      actualFunction(predicatestreamfunc)
  inStream: (stream) ->
    using: (func) ->
      actualFunction(predicatestreamfunc)

However, this gets tedious, especially with more methods. With Flulidify it's easy:

modify = flulidify 'inStream''using'(predicate, {inStream: [stream], using: [func]}) ->
  # Your code here 

More in depth, made up example:

foo(123)
  .bar('a''b''c')
  .baz('x''y''z')

Would be created using:

foo = flulidify 'bar''baz'(onetwothree{
    bar: [ayybeecee]
    baz: [exwhyzee]}) ->
  # Your code here 

Flulidify takes a number of method names and a callback. When all the methods have been called, the callback is executed with the initial arguments being the arguments of the first call, followed by a hash mapping method names to arguments they were called with. We use coffeescript's nifty destructuring syntax to achieve this.

Immutability

You can share partially applied fluent apis safely. Lets use this (contrived) builder example:

class Employee
  constructor: (@name, @age, @salary) ->
 
employeeBuilder = flulidify 'name''email''age'({
    name: [name]
    age: [age]
    salary: [salary]}) ->
  return new Customer(nameagesalary)

We can now create a template employee with a fixed salary that we can assign names and ages to:

tenXDev = employeeBuilder().salary(200000)
 
dave = tenXDev.name('dave').age(27)
john = tenXDev.age(29).name('john')

Hacking

Look inside the Gulpfile for the various tasks. To get started with autocompilation-and-tests-on-save run:

npm install --save-dev
./gulp watch

Credits

Joe Lea for the original coffeescript fluent interface concept and bouncing off ideas for automating the pattern.

Install

npm i fluidify

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1.0.1

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