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kgo

kgo

Stupidly easy flow control.

Why

flow contol should be seamless, you should be able to say what you want done, and say kgo.

Usage

kgo(result name, [dependencies], asynchronous function)// -> self 

where result name is an arbitrary string that represents the result of the function,

dependencies is an array of strings that map to the result of another function,

and asynchronous function is a function that, when complete, calls a callback with it's results.

kgo returns its-self, so it can be chained:

kgo
(name, deps, fn)
(name, deps, fn)
(name, deps, fn);

Example

require kgo:

var kgo = require('./kgo');

use kgo:

kgo
('things', function(done){
 
    //Something async 
    setTimeout(function(){
        done(null, 1);
    }, 100);
 
})
('stuff', function(done){
 
    //Something async 
    setTimeout(function(){
        done(null, 2);
    }, 100);
 
})
('whatsits', ['things', 'stuff'], function(things, stuff, done){
 
    //Something async 
    setTimeout(function(){
        done(null, things + stuff);
    }, 100);
 
})
('dooby', ['things'], function(things, done){
 
    //Something async 
    setTimeout(function(){
        done(null, things/2);
    }, 100);
 
})
(['whatsits', 'dooby'], function(whatsits, dooby, done){
 
    //Done 
    console.log(whatsits, dooby);
 
});

The above will log 3, 0.5;

Async Mapping

Removed as of version 2. Use foreign instead.

Ignoring dependency results

You will often not need the result of a dependency, and it's annoying to have unused parameters in your functions. You can specify that you have a dependency, whos result you don't want, by prefixing the dependency name with an exclamation mark:

kgo
 
('a', function(done){
    done(null, 'foo');
})
 
('b', ['!a'], function(done){
    done(null, 'bar');
})
 
(['b'],  function(b){
    // here b will be "bar" 
});

Note: Anonymous tasks will not be passed a done function:

kgo
('foo', getFoo) // getFoo will be passed (callback)
('bar', ['foo'], getFoo) // getFoo will be passed (bar, callback)
(['*', 'bar'], function(error, bar){
    // arguments.length will be 2
})

Defaults

You can define default data for use in later tasks by passing an object into kgo, where the keys in the objects will map to dependency names:

kgo
 
({
    foo: 1
})
 
('bar', function(done){
    done(null, 2);
})
 
('baz', ['foo', 'bar'], function(foo, bar, done){
 
});

This is especially useful when you want to use named functions that need additional parameters to run:

var fs = require('fs');
 
kgo
({
    'sourcePath': '/foo/bar'
})
('files', ['sourcePath'], fs.readdir);

Note: You may only define defaults once in a kgo block. Extra calls will result in an error.

Multiple results

You can return more than one result in a single task by giving your task multiple names, and returning more results in the callback

kgo
 
('foo', 'bar', function(done){
    done(null, 2, 4);
})
 
('baz', ['foo', 'bar'], function(foo, bar, done){
    // foo === 2 
    // bar === 4 
});

kgo.sync

Sometimes you want to just run a synchonous function as a step in kgo, to do this you can use kgo.sync, which will return a callback-passing-style version.

 
kgo
('task1', task1);
('task2', ['task1'], kgo.sync(function(x){ return x + 1 }))
('task3', ['task2'], task3);
 

Errors

You can handler errors from specific tasknames by prefixing the taskname with an astrix (*)

any task that has a dependency on any error task will resolve if any error dependency is resolved.

kgo
('task1', task1)
('task2', task2)
(['*task1'], function(tast1error){
    // Called if task1 errored 
})
(['*task2'], function(tast2error){
    // Called if task2 errored 
})
(['task1', 'task2'], function(result1, result2){
    // Called if task1 and task2 succeded. 
});

there is an implicit error task, *, that will resolve to the first of any error that occurs.

kgo
(task)
(another task)
(['*'], function(error){
    // Called if any error occurs in any task 
});

You can combine this with other dependencies to build a callback task:

function doThings(callback){
 
    kgo
    ('task1', ...)
    ('task2', ...)
    ('result', ['task1', 'task2'], ...)
    (['*', 'result'], callback); // Will be called either if any task errors, OR if result resolves. 
 
}