@jsdsl/alias-map
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    JSDSL - Alias Map

    A map where multiple keys point to a single value, and the removal of a single key removes all matching key-value pairs.

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    Installation

    Install from NPM with

    $ npm install --save @jsdsl/alias-map
    

    Basic Usage

    First, import the AliasMap class and initialize a new AliasMap.

    import { AliasMap } from "@jsdsl/aliasmap";
     
    let aliasMap: AliasMap<string, string> = new AliasMap<string, string>();

    Then, we can set key-value pairs. It is important to note that the inline documentation often refers to 'keys' as 'aliases'.

    aliasMap.set("cow", "moo");
    aliasMap.set("pig", "oink");

    Now that we have existing key-value pairs in our map, we can optionally add aliases to the existing keys.

    aliasMap.addAliases("cow", "bovine");
    aliasMap.addAliases("pig", "hog");

    Alias addition also works transitively - aliases can be added via other aliases. That is to say that you can now do the following:

    aliasMap.addAliases("hog", "piglet");

    Now we can retrieve the values we have added via any of the aliases that have been established for a given value.

    aliasMap.get("cow");    // --> moo
    aliasMap.get("bovine"); // --> moo
    aliasMap.get("pig");    // --> oink
    aliasMap.get("hog");    // --> oink
    aliasMap.get("piglet"); // --> oink

    Want to check if a given alias exists in the map?

    aliasMap.has("bovine"); // --> true
    aliasMap.has("lamb");   // --> false
    aliasMap.has("pig");    // --> true

    If you need to modify the value that a set of aliases point to, you don't need to modify every alias for the value. Instead, you can modify the value more cleanly.

    aliasMap.modify("cow", "mooooo");

    Finding all of the related aliases for a given input is also easy. A second boolean parameter can be provided to determine whether or not the output array contains the input alias.

    aliasMap.listAliases("cow");        // --> ["cow", "bovine"]
    aliasMap.listAliases("hog", true);  // --> ["hog", "pig", "piglet"]
    aliasMap.listAliases("hog", false); // --> ["pig", "piglet"]

    On a related note we can also find the number of related aliases for a given input alias.

    aliasMap.numberOfAliasesFor("cow");    // --> 2
    aliasMap.numberOfAliasesFor("piglet"); // --> 3

    Finding the size of the map is fairly straight-forward, returning the number of values that a given map holds (NOT the number of aliases).

    aliasMap.size("cow"); // --> 2

    We can choose to either remove singular aliases or entire values (which implies the removal of all of the aliases for the given value).

    aliasMap.removeAlias("cow"); // --> moo
    aliasMap.removeValue("hog"); // --> oink
     
    // The "oink" value no longer exists in the map.
    // The map now only holds one key-value pair:
    // "bovine" --> "moo"

    If we continue to remove all of the aliases for a given value, the value will be automatically removed from the map as well.

    aliasMap.removeAlias("bovine");               // --> moo
     
    // The "moo" value no longer exists in the map.

    If we ever want to completely 'empty' the map, we can use the #clear operation.

    // The map is actually already empty, but for good measure...
    aliasMap.clear();

    Documentation

    constructor

    Initialization is done with an no-arguments call to the constructor.

    Parameters:

    • None.

    Returns A newly initialized, empty AliasMap.

    public constructor() { ... }

    The first generic argument corresponds to the type of the keys/aliases for the map, while the second generic argument corresponds with the type of the values for the map.

    let aliasMap: AliasMap<AliasType, ValueType> = new AliasMap<AliasType, ValueType>();

    #get

    Returns the value associated with a given alias, or undefined if the alias does not exist in the map.

    Parameters:

    • key An alias for which a value should be retrieved.

    Returns The value associated with the provided alias, or undefined if the alias does not exist in the map.

    public get(keyA)V | undefined { ... }

    #set

    Associates the provided alias with the provided value, returning true if and only if, after this operation, calling AliasMap#get with the provided alias will return the value provided.

    Note that this method returning 'true' does not necessarily mean that the internal state of the map was modified, as it is possible that the provided key-value pair already to have existed. As such, the return condition of this method was satisfied and the method therefore returned true.

    Parameters:

    • key An alias to associate with the provided value.
    • value A value to associate with the provided alias.
    • force true if the key-value pair should be forcibly set, potentially requiring the removal of the provided alias as an alias for another value, and therefore potentially causing the removal of a value. Optional - defaults to false.

    Returns true if and only if, after this operation, calling AliasMap#get with the provided alias will return the value provided.

    public set(keyA, valueV, forceboolean = false)boolean { ... }

    #addAliases

    Adds an alias to an existing value via an existing alias, returning true if and only if, after this operation, calling AliasMap#get with the provided alias will return the value provided.

    Parameters:

    • existingKey An existing alias in this map.
    • newKey A new alias that should be associated with the value of the existing alias.
    • force true if the alias should be forcibly set, potentially requiring the removal of the provided new alias as an alias for another value, and therefore potentially causing the removal of a value. Optional - defaults to false.

    Returns true if and only if, after this operation, calling AliasMap#get with the provided alias will return the value provided.

    public addAliases(existingKeyA, newKeyA, forceboolean = false)boolean { ... }

    #has

    Returns true if the provided alias has an associated value in this map.

    Parameters:

    • key An alias to check for an associated value.

    Returns true if the provided alias has an associated value in this map.

    public has(keyA)boolean { ... }

    #modify

    Modifies the value of a given alias and all of it's associated aliases, returning the value that was displaced or undefined if the provided alias did not exist in the map.

    Parameters:

    • key An alias for which it's associated value should be modified.
    • value The value that should replaced the existing value of the provided alias.

    Returns The value that was displaced or undefined if the provided alias did not exist in the map.

    public modify(keyA, valueV)V | undefined { ... }

    #removeAlias

    Attempts to remove an alias from this map, returning the value associated with the removed alias if one existed, otherwise returning undefined.

    Note that the removal of the last existing alias for a given value implies the removal of the value from the map.

    Parameters:

    • key The alias that should be removed from the map.

    Returns The value associated with the removed alias if one existed, otherwise undefined.

    public removeAlias(keyA)V | undefined { ... }

    #removeValue

    Attempts to remove the value that is associated with the provided alias from the map, returning the aforementioned value if the provided alias existed within the map, otherwise returning undefined.

    Note that this implies the removal of all of the aliases for the removed value.

    Parameters:

    • key The alias for which its associated value should be removed from the map.

    Returns The value that was removed from the map if one existed, otherwise undefined.

    public removeValue(keyA)V | undefined { ... }

    #listAliases

    Returns an array of aliases associated with the provided input alias, or undefined if the input array does not exist within the map.

    A second parameter, a boolean, can be set, determining whether or not the input alias should be included in the returned array of aliases. If a truthy value is provided, the input alias will be included, otherwise the input alias will be removed from the returned array. Note that if a truthy value is provided, this method is operates in O(1) time, whereas if a falsy value is provided, this method runs in O(k) time where k is the number of aliases associated with the input alias.

    Parameters:

    • alias The alias for which to return associated aliases.
    • includeProvidedAlias true if the input alias should be included in the returned array of aliases. Optional - defaults to true.

    Returns An array of aliases that are associated/equivalent to the provided input alias.

    public listAliases(aliasA, includeProvidedAliasboolean = true)A[] | undefined { ... }

    #numberOfAliasesFor

    Returns the number of aliases that exist in the map for the input alias, or zero if the alias does not exist within the map.

    A second parameter, a boolean, can be set, determining whether or not the input alias should be counted in the returned value. Although this method internally uses AliasMap#listAliases, and despite the O(k) nature of the aforementioned method, this second parameter will not change the running speed of this method, which will always be O(1).

    Parameters:

    • alias The alias for which to return a count of equivalent aliases.
    • includeProvidedAlias true if the input alias should be counted in the returned value. Optional - defaults to true.

    Returns The number of aliases that exist in the map for the input alias, or zero if the alias does not exist within the map.

    public numberOfAliasesFor(aliasA, includeProvidedAliasboolean = true)number { ... }

    #size

    Returns the number of values stored in this map.

    Note that the value that this method returns is in no way associated with the number of aliases that exist for any given value within the map.

    Parameters:

    • None

    Returns The number of values stored in this map.

    public size()number { ... }

    #clear

    Resets this map to an empty state, removing all of its stored key-value pairs.

    Parameters:

    • None

    Returns Void.

    public clear()void { ... }

    License

    @jsdsl/alias-map is made available under the GNU General Public License v3.

    Copyright (C) 2019 Trevor Sears

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