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generic-slice method for TypedArrays, Buffers and Arguments


A poly fill for slice that uniformly and efficiently implements Array-like semantics for the following classses of objects:

  • Typed Arrays
  • Node.JS-style Buffers()
  • Regular JS Arrays
  • Arguments
  • Any other array-like object (ie has a length and array accessors)
npm install generic-slice
var slice = require("generic-slice")
var x = new Float32Array(4)
x[0] = 1
x[1] = 2
x[2] = 3
x[3] = 4
var y = slice(x, 0, 2)
// Now: 
//      y = [ 1, 2 ] 
//      x = [ 1, 2, 3, 4 ] 
y[0] = 1000
// Now: 
//      y = [ 1000, 2 ] 
//      x = [ 1, 2, 3, 4 ] 

A generic polyfill for slicing array-like objects.

  • array is a typed array, buffer, Array, or Arguments object
  • sliceBegin is an optional argument giving the start of the slice. Negative values change counting to end of array. (Default: 0)
  • sliceEnd is an optional argument giving the end of the slice. Negative values wrap around. (Default: array.length)

Returns A copy of the array from the range [sliceBegin, sliceEnd)


  • slice got dropped from the typed array specification (and the replacement method, .subarray() merely returns a view and does not make a copy)
  • Node.JS's Buffer's slice method does not make a copy like Array's slice does, and so it has inconsistent semantics.
  • Arguments doesn't have a slice method either
  • Using doesn't properly preserve the types of things like Buffers or typed arrays
  • Also can be slower than an appropriate implementation. For example, to clone a typed array you can slice the underlying ArrayBuffer assuming that you are careful about how you perform indexing.

All of the major edge cases should be tested. If you find a bug, please open an issue or send a pull request.


(c) 2013 Mikola Lysenko. MIT License