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Duck typing interfaces

duckface gives you the power of interfaces from languages like java. But since JavaScript uses duck typing we won't call it an interface but a duckface.

var duckface = require('duckface');
 * This is a function that requires
 * an Object as a parameter. This object
 * must have a set and a get function.
function myApiFunction(objectWithGetAndSet) {
  duckface.ensureHasFunctions(objectWithGetAndSet, ["get","set"],
      "The parameter for the function myApiFunction"
    )); //if we don't get all the required functions: throw an error


There are two important functions in duckface: hasFunctions and ensureHasFunctions.

duckface.hasFunctions(object, functions)

object is the object to be checked. functions is an array of names of functions that must be 'implemented' by the object to be valid.

The function returns true if object contains all functions defined in the functions array. Otherwise it returns false.

duckface.ensureHasFunctions(object, functions, errorHandler)

This function works the same as hasFunctions except that it will throw an Error instead of returning true or false. object and functions are the same as in hasFunctions. The additional errorHandler is a function that gets executed if object does not have all the functions in functions. The return value of errorHandler is used for the text of the thrown Error.

errorHandler has one parameter. This parameter is a plain object that looks like this:

  //the functions array passed to ensureHasFunctions
  functions: ["function1","function2","function3"], 
  //All functions missing in the given object
  missingFunctions: ["function2"]

Release History

  • 2014-09-12   v0.1.0   Remove lodash dependency
  • 2014-09-05   v0.0.1   Initial version.

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