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    Programmatically construct conditional expressions


    npm install conditional-love


    Basic Dispatcher Stuffs

    Here's an example of a programmatically constructed if... else if... else statement:

    import {
      IF, RETURN,
    } from 'conditional-love';
    // This Dispatcher accepts 2 numbers as inputs and
    // returns a number as an output.
    const d = Dispatcher<[number, number], number>();
    // Setup our Dispatcher rules:
    d.use(IF((x, y)=> x < y, (x, y)=> x + y));
    d.use(IF((x, y)=> x > y, (x, y)=> x * y));
    // Alright, let's put it to the test:
    console.log(d(3, 4));   // Output: 7
    console.log(d(4, 3));   // Output: 12
    console.log(d(3, 3));   // Throws UnhandledArgumentsError

    Notice that there are no rules in place to handle the d(3, 3) case. By default, this will cause the Dispatcher to throw an UnhandledArgumentsError. You can override this behavior via the Dispatcher#otherwise(...) method:

    d.otherwise((x, y)=> 0);

    Returning a default value is a very common pattern. Therefore, you can also specify this same behavior as:


    Advanced Dispatcher Stuffs

    The IF(condition, handler) function is just a factory for producing a very common type of RULE_FUNCTION. Specifically, the RULE_FUNCTION has the form:

    function _if(...args) {
      if(condition(...args)) {
        return handler;

    As you can see, it evaluates the condition(..). If this condition returns something truthy, then it returns the associated handler(..) function. Otherwise, it returns undefined. This protocol informs the Dispatcher about whether or not the RULE_FUNCTION is able to handle the input.

    Most of the time, you don't need to worry about this level of detail, and you can just rely upon the IF(..) factory. But, on rare occassions, both the RULE_FUNCTION and the handler(..) function rely upon the same computationally-expensive operation. In these cases, you can write your own RULE_FUNCTION by hand to minimize computational costs. For example:

    function customRule(...args) {
      const expensive = someExpensiveCalculation(...args);
      if(someCondition(expensive)) {
        function handler() {
          return doSomethingWith(expensive);
        return handler;

    Predicate Function Stuffs

    It's pretty common to find ourselves writing code such as the following:

    function hasLatitude(x) {
      return typeof(x.latitude) === 'number';
    function hasLongitude(x) {
      return typeof(x.longitude) === 'number';
    function isGeo(x) {
      return hasLatitude(x) && hasLongitude(x);

    This is fine, but the definition of the isGeo(..) function is somewhat imperative. We can express it in a more declarative fashion as follows:

    import {AND} from 'conditional-love';
    function hasLatitude(x) {
      return typeof(x.latitude) === 'number';
    function hasLongitude(x) {
      return typeof(x.longitude) === 'number';
    const isGeo = AND([

    Likewise, conditional-love also provides OR(..) and NOT(..) functions as well. So, this allows you to construct expressions such as:

    import {
      AND, OR, NOT,
    } from 'conditional-love';
    // A Location can be either a Geo or a non-empty String
    const isLocation = OR([

    These functions are useful when you are trying to build your own domain-specific language. For instance, let's say we want to implement a pattern matcher for domain names. You could then do something like this:

    // Hard-coded example.  In practice, you would actually use this
    // DSL to construct domain pattern matchers programmatically.
    const isAcceptableDomain = OR([
    // Test the function we produced via our domain-specific language
    isAcceptableDomain("");              // true
    isAcceptableDomain("");          // true
    isAcceptableDomain("");      // false
    isAcceptableDomain("");  // true


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