Callbacks made reducible


Reducers is a great abstraction for working with data sequences eventual or not. In fact it's great because API for working with data is same map/reduce regardless of weather it's sync or async.

var reduce = require("reducers/reduce")
var filter = require("reducers/filter")
var map = require("reducers/map")
// Sync 
reduce(filte(map(array, JSON.parse), isCached), accumulate)
// Async 
reduce(filte(map(stream, JSON.parse), isCached), accumulate)

Another cool concept about reducers is that allows you to work with non sequnce values with the same API. It just treats atomic vaules as sequences of themself.

var reduce = require("reducers/reduce")
function sum(sequence) {
  return reduce(sequence, function(resultitem) {
    return result + item
  }, 0)
reduce(sum(15), console.log, "=>")            // => 15 
reduce(sum([ 15, 3, 7 ]), console.log, "=>")  // => 25 

But there are bunch of async APIs around that are designed in terms of: do action provide a callback, where you'll handle either error or value.

var fs = require("fs")
function getPackageName(pathcallback) {
  fs.readFile(path, function(errorbuffer) {
    if (error) return callback(error)
    var json = JSON.parse(buffer.toString())
getPackageName("./package.json", console.log) // => "callback-reduce" 

Which is ok but not very composable and there is no simple to transform data. But with reducers we like the fact of unified API that works on the data structures regardless of their nature or timing. This libarray lets you get reducible callbacks for callback styled functions!

var fs = require("fs")
var map = require("reducers/map")
var callback = require("callback-reduce")
var reduce = require("reducers/reduce")
var content = callback(fs.readFile, "./package.json")
var json = map(map(content, String), JSON.parse)
var name = map(json, function($) { return $.name })
reduce(name, console.log, "=>")     // => "callback-reduce" 

And of course it's lazy and compasable with rest of the API that reducers provide. For more complicated example see:

var print = require("reducers/debug/print")
var fs = require("fs")
var path = require("path")
var callback = require("./callback")
var expand = require("reducers/expand")
var map = require("reducers/map")
var filter = require("reducers/filter")
var cache = require("reducers/cache")
var concat = require("reducers/concat")
var reduce = require("reducers/reduce")
function lstree(root) {
  // Get sequence of directory entries, also we cache it as we read 
  // from it several times. 
  var entries = cache(callback(fs.readdir, root))
  // Resolve entries to the current path. 
  var paths = map(entries, path.join.bind(path, root))
  // Expand sequence of paths, to associated stats. Unfortunately node does not 
  // keeps path info in the stats so we need to hack this up. Otherwise it would 
  // have being just: var stats = expand(paths, callback.bind(fs, fs.stats)) 
  var stats = expand(paths, function(path) {
    return map(callback(fs.stat, path), function(stats) {
      stats.toString = path.toString.bind(path)
      return stats
  // Filter & map file paths. 
  var files = map(filter(stats, function($) { return $.isFile() }), String)
  // Filter & map directory paths. 
  var dirs = map(filter(stats, function($) { return $.isDirectory() }), String)
  // Return concatination of lstree-s for each dir, files and given path. 
  return concat(expand(dirs, lstree), files, root)
npm install callback-reduce