array-tools

Lightweight, use-anywhere toolkit for working with array data.

array-tools

Lightweight, use-anywhere toolkit for working with array data.

There are four ways to use it.

  1. As a command-line tool. E.g. array-tools downloads last month:
$ curl -s https://api.npmjs.org/downloads/range/last-month/array-tools \
| object-tools get downloads \
| array-tools pluck downloads \
| array-tools join "," \
| spark
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  1. As a standard library, passing the input array on each method invocation:
> var a = require("array-tools");
 
> var remainder = a.without([ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ], 1)
> a.exists(remainder, 1)
false
  1. As a chainable method, passing the input array once then chaining from there:
> a([ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ]).without(1).exists(1);
false
  1. As a base class.
var util = require("util");
var ArrayTools = require("array-tools");
 
// this class will inherit all array-tools methods 
function CarCollection(cars){
  ArrayTools.call(this, cars);
}
util.inherits(CarCollection, ArrayTools);
 
var cars = new CarCollection([ 
  { owner: "Me", model: "Citreon Xsara" }, 
  { owner: "Floyd", model: "Bugatti Veyron" } 
]);
 
cars.findWhere({ owner: "Floyd" });
// returns { owner: "Floyd", model: "Bugatti Veyron" } 
  • Each method returning an Array (e.g. where, without) can be chained.
  • Methods not returning an array (exists, contains) cannot be chained.
  • All methods from Array.prototype (e.g. .join, .forEach etc.) are also available in the chain. The same rules, regarding what can and cannot be chained, apply as above.
  • If the final operation in your chain is "chainable" (returns an array), append .val() to terminate the chain and retrieve the output.
> a([ 1, 2, 2, 3 ]).exists(1)
true
> a([ 1, 2, 2, 3 ]).without(1).exists(1)
false
> a([ 1, 2, 2, 3 ]).without(1).unique().val()
[ 2, 3 ]
> a([ 1, 2, 2, 3 ]).without(1).unique().join("-")
'2-3'

This library is tested in node versions 0.10, 0.11, 0.12, iojs and the following browsers:

As a library:

$ npm install array-tools --save

As a command-line tool:

$ npm install -g array-tools

Using bower:

$ bower install array-tools --save

Sort an array of objects by one or more fields

Kind: static property of array-tools
Category: chainable
Since: 1.5.0

TypeDescription
Array.<object>input array
string | Array.<string>column name(s) to sort by
objectspecific sort orders, per columns

Example
with this data

> DJs = [
    { name: "Trevor", slot: "twilight" },
    { name: "Chris", slot: "twilight" },
    { name: "Mike", slot: "afternoon" },
    { name: "Rodney", slot: "morning" },
    { name: "Chris", slot: "morning" },
    { name: "Zane", slot: "evening" }
]

sort by slot using the default sort order

> a.sortBy(DJs, "slot")
[ { name: 'Mike', slot: 'afternoon' },
  { name: 'Zane', slot: 'evening' },
  { name: 'Chris', slot: 'morning' },
  { name: 'Rodney', slot: 'morning' },
  { name: 'Chris', slot: 'twilight' },
  { name: 'Trevor', slot: 'twilight' } ]

specify a custom sort order for slot

> a.sortBy(DJs, "slot", { slot: [ "morning", "afternoon", "evening", "twilight" ]})
[ { name: 'Rodney', slot: 'morning' },
  { name: 'Chris', slot: 'morning' },
  { name: 'Mike', slot: 'afternoon' },
  { name: 'Zane', slot: 'evening' },
  { name: 'Trevor', slot: 'twilight' },
  { name: 'Chris', slot: 'twilight' } ]

sort by slot then name

> a.sortBy(DJs, ["slot", "name"], { slot: [ "morning", "afternoon", "evening", "twilight" ]})
[ { name: 'Chris', slot: 'morning' },
  { name: 'Rodney', slot: 'morning' },
  { name: 'Mike', slot: 'afternoon' },
  { name: 'Zane', slot: 'evening' },
  { name: 'Chris', slot: 'twilight' },
  { name: 'Trevor', slot: 'twilight' } ]

Takes any input and guarantees an array back.

  • converts array-like objects (e.g. arguments) to a real array
  • converts undefined to an empty array
  • converts any another other, singular value (including null) into an array containing that value
  • ignores input which is already an array

Kind: static method of array-tools
Category: chainable

ParamTypeDescription
any*the input value to convert to an array

Example

> a.arrayify(undefined)
[]
 
> a.arrayify(null)
[ null ]
 
> a.arrayify(0)
[ 0 ]
 
> a.arrayify([ 1, 2 ])
[ 1, 2 ]
 
> function f(){ return a.arrayify(arguments); }
> f(1,2,3)
[ 1, 2, 3 ]

Deep query an array.

Kind: static method of array-tools
Category: chainable

ParamTypeDescription
arrayArray.<object>the array to query
queryany | Array.<any>one or more queries

Example
Say you have a recordset:

> data = [
    { name: "Dana", age: 30 },
    { name: "Yana", age: 20 },
    { name: "Zhana", age: 10 }
]

You can return records with properties matching an exact value:

> a.where(data, { age: 10 })
[ { name: 'Zhana', age: 10 } ]

or where NOT the value (prefix the property name with !)

> a.where(data, { "!age": 10 })
[ { name: 'Dana', age: 30 }, { name: 'Yana', age: 20 } ]

match using a function:

> function over10(age){ return age > 10; }
> a.where(data, { age: over10 })
[ { name: 'Dana', age: 30 }, { name: 'Yana', age: 20 } ]

match using a regular expression

> a.where(data, { name: /ana/ })
[ { name: 'Dana', age: 30 },
  { name: 'Yana', age: 20 },
  { name: 'Zhana', age: 10 } ]

You can query to any arbitrary depth. So with deeper data, like this:

> deepData = [
    { name: "Dana", favourite: { colour: "light red" } },
    { name: "Yana", favourite: { colour: "dark red" } },
    { name: "Zhana", favourite: { colour: [ "white", "red" ] } }
]

get records with favourite.colour values matching /red/

> a.where(deepData, { favourite: { colour: /red/ } })
[ { name: 'Dana', favourite: { colour: 'light red' } },
  { name: 'Yana', favourite: { colour: 'dark red' } } ]

if the value you're looking for maybe part of an array, prefix the property name with +. Now Zhana is included:

> a.where(deepData, { favourite: { "+colour": /red/ } })
[ { name: 'Dana', favourite: { colour: 'light red' } },
  { name: 'Yana', favourite: { colour: 'dark red' } },
  { name: 'Zhana', favourite: { colour: [ "white", "red" ] } } ]

you can combine any of the above by supplying an array of queries. Records will be returned if any of the queries match:

> var nameBeginsWithY = { name: /^Y/ };
> var faveColourIncludesWhite = { favourite: { "+colour": "white" } };
 
> a.where(deepData, [ nameBeginsWithY, faveColourIncludesWhite ])
[ { name: 'Yana', favourite: { colour: 'dark red' } },
  { name: 'Zhana', favourite: { colour: [ "white", "red" ] } } ]

Returns a new array with the same content as the input minus the specified values. It accepts the same query syntax as where.

Kind: static method of array-tools
Category: chainable

ParamTypeDescription
arrayArraythe input array
toRemoveany | Array.<any>one, or more queries

Example

> a.without([ 1, 2, 3 ], 2)
[ 1, 3 ]
 
> a.without([ 1, 2, 3 ], [ 2, 3 ])
[ 1 ]
 
> data = [
    { name: "Dana", age: 30 },
    { name: "Yana", age: 20 },
    { name: "Zhana", age: 10 }
]
> a.without(data, { name: /ana/ })
[]

Returns an array containing each value plucked from the specified property of each object in the input array.

Kind: static method of array-tools
Category: chainable

ParamTypeDescription
recordsetArray.<object>The input recordset
propertystring | Array.<string>Property name, or an array of property names. If an array is supplied, the first existing property will be returned.

Example
with this data..

> var data = [
    { name: "Pavel", nick: "Pasha" },
    { name: "Richard", nick: "Dick" },
    { name: "Trevor" },
]

pluck all the nicknames

> a.pluck(data, "nick")
[ 'Pasha', 'Dick' ]

in the case no nickname exists, take the name instead:

> a.pluck(data, [ "nick", "name" ])
[ 'Pasha', 'Dick', 'Trevor' ]

the values being plucked can be at any depth:

> var data = [
    { leeds: { leeds: { leeds: "we" } } },
    { leeds: { leeds: { leeds: "are" } } },
    { leeds: { leeds: { leeds: "Leeds" } } }
];
 
> a.pluck(data, "leeds.leeds.leeds")
[ 'we', 'are', 'Leeds' ]

return a copy of the input recordset containing objects having only the cherry-picked properties

Kind: static method of array-tools
Category: chainable

ParamTypeDescription
recordsetArray.<object>the input
propertystring | Array.<string>the properties to include in the result

Example
with this data..

> data = [
    { name: "Dana", age: 30 },
    { name: "Yana", age: 20 },
    { name: "Zhana", age: 10 }
]

return only the "name" field..

> a.pick(data, "name")
[ { name: 'Dana' }, { name: 'Yana' }, { name: 'Zhana' } ]

return both the "name" and "age" fields

> a.pick(data, [ "name", "age" ])
[ { name: 'Dana', age: 30 },
  { name: 'Yana', age: 20 },
  { name: 'Zhana', age: 10 } ]

cherry-picks fields at any depth:

> data = [
    { person: { name: "Dana", age: 30 }},
    { person: { name: "Yana", age: 20 }},
    { person: { name: "Zhana", age: 10 }}
]
 
> a.pick(data, "person.name")
[ { name: 'Dana' }, { name: 'Yana' }, { name: 'Zhana' } ]
 
> a.pick(data, "person.age")
[ { age: 30 }, { age: 20 }, { age: 10 } ]

Returns an array containing the unique values from the input array.

Kind: static method of array-tools
Category: chainable

ParamTypeDescription
arrayArrayinput array

Example

> a.unique([ 1, 6, 6, 7, 1])
[ 1, 6, 7 ]

Splice items from the input array until the matching test fails. Returns an array containing the items removed.

Kind: static method of array-tools
Category: chainable

ParamTypeDescription
arrayArraythe input array
indexnumberthe position to begin splicing from
testanythe sequence of items passing this test will be removed
...elementN*elements to add to the array in place

Example

> function under10(n){ return n < 10; }
> numbers = [ 1, 2, 4, 6, 12 ]
 
> a.spliceWhile(numbers, 0, under10)
[ 1, 2, 4, 6 ]
> numbers
[ 12 ]
 
> countries = [ "Egypt", "Ethiopia", "France", "Argentina" ]
 
> a.spliceWhile(countries, 0, /^e/i)
[ 'Egypt', 'Ethiopia' ]
> countries
[ 'France', 'Argentina' ]

Removes items from array which satisfy the query. Modifies the input array, returns the extracted.

Kind: static method of array-tools
Returns: Array - the extracted items.
Category: chainable

ParamTypeDescription
arrayArraythe input array, modified directly
queryanyif an item in the input array passes this test it is removed

Example

> DJs = [
    { name: "Trevor", sacked: true },
    { name: "Mike", sacked: true },
    { name: "Chris", sacked: false },
    { name: "Alan", sacked: false }
]
 
> a.extract(DJs, { sacked: true })
[ { name: 'Trevor', sacked: true },
  { name: 'Mike', sacked: true } ]
 
> DJs
[ { name: 'Chris', sacked: false },
  { name: 'Alan', sacked: false } ]

flatten an array of arrays into a single array.

Kind: static method of array-tools
Category: chainable
Since: 1.4.0

ParamTypeDescription
arrayArraythe input array

Example

> numbers = [ 1, 2, [ 3, 4 ], 5 ]
> a.flatten(numbers)
[ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ]

Works in exactly the same way as where but returning a boolean indicating whether a matching record exists.

Kind: static method of array-tools
Category: not chainable

ParamTypeDescription
arrayArraythe array to search
query*the value to search for

Example

> data = [
    { name: "Dana", age: 30 },
    { name: "Yana", age: 20 },
    { name: "Zhana", age: 10 }
]
 
> a.exists(data, { age: 10 })
true

Works in exactly the same way as where but returns only the first item found.

Kind: static method of array-tools
Category: not chainable

ParamTypeDescription
recordsetArray.<object>the array to search
queryobjectthe search query

Example

> dudes = [ 
    { name: 'Jim', age: 8 },
    { name: 'Clive', age: 8 },
    { name: 'Hater', age: 9 } 
]
 
> a.findWhere(dudes, { age: 8 })
{ name: 'Jim', age: 8 }

Removes the specified value from the input array.

Kind: static method of array-tools
Category: not chainable
Since: 1.8.0

ParamTypeDescription
arrArraythe input array
toRemove*the item to remove

Example

> numbers = [ 1, 2, 3 ];
> a.remove(numbers, 1);
[ 1 ]
 
> numbers
[ 2, 3 ]

Return the last item in an array.

Kind: static method of array-tools
Category: not chainable
Since: 1.7.0

ParamTypeDescription
arrArraythe input array

Searches the array for the exact value supplied (strict equality). To query for value existance using an expression or function, use exists. If you pass an array of values, contains will return true if they all exist. (note: exists returns true if some of them exist).

Kind: static method of array-tools
Category: not chainable
Since: 1.8.0

ParamTypeDescription
arrayArraythe input array
value*the value to look for

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