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A lightweight, and docile, JavaScript library to help embracing functional programming.

Lamb, because it's docile like a lamb.

A lightweight, and docile, JavaScript (ES5) library to help embracing functional programming.

The API documentation is here.

Install it with npm:

npm install lamb

Require it in node.js:

var _ = require("lamb");

It's useful to alias it to have a shorter symbol, like _, as I did above and throughout the documentation: it's cleaner and the lamb object itself can be used as a placeholder argument in partial application.

In a browser, simply include the version you want from the dist folder:

<script src="dist/lamb.js"></script>


<script src="dist/lamb.min.js"></script>

You can find the source map for the minified file in the same folder.

Lamb it's also delivered on a CDN, courtesy of npmcdn:

<script src=""></script>

The URL above will retrieve the latest version, but you can target a specific version too:

<script src=""></script>

You can try it right now in your browser, too.

Lamb uses semantic versioning and please be aware that, as long as the major version is 0, any bump in the minor version could involve a breaking change in the API. You can refer to the changelog to see if your code is affected.

  • Is another JavaScript library really needed? Don't know, really. The story here is that I like to write my own code and, time permitting, to even reinvent the wheel: it's part of my learning process. This library is only a means for me to gather some utilities I wrote, clean them up a bit and put them together with some new tools to make a documented, reusable package.

  • Are your wheels rounder? Not at all, but I do try my best to add better suspension; and you do realise that you're reading a guy talking to himself, don't you?

  • Why ECMAScript 5? Because this is simply me tidying up some old code, and will hopefully be my goodbye to ES5 before fully diving into the world of transpilers.

  • What about ES4 environments? In my make-believe world they don't exist, but in case I can be proven wrong you can load some shims / polyfills before my library. There's plenty of those in the JavaScript Reference on MDN, and there are many pre-made packages as well out there.

  • Are there plans for the future? Absolutely yes: this isn't a complete work at all, only a first public release. I need better documentation and examples for starters, and I also want to add a bunch of other functions and concepts into the mix.

  • Why "Lamb"? See the main header: because it's docile like a lamb.


  • v0.23.0 - 2016/04/27

    • API change: getPath and getPathIn now support negative indexes
    • API change: The function returned by getAt now throw exceptions only if called with null or undefined and returns undefined for any other non-array-like object
    • Added getIndex, setIndex and updateIndex
  • v0.22.0 - 2016/04/19

    • Fully compatible with versions down to 0.21.x
    • Added updateIn, updateKey and updateAt
  • v0.21.0 - 2016/04/13

    • API change: getPathIn and getPath now return undefined for any non existent path, instead of throwing exceptions when an undefined value was a part of the path instead of being its target
    • API change: renamed sequence to generate to avoid confusion with other languages, concepts and libraries
    • Added count, countBy, index, indexBy
  • v0.20.0 - 2016/04/08

    • API change: The mergeOwn function now converts null and undefined values to empty objects instead of throwing exceptions
    • Added setPath and setPathIn
  • v0.19.0 - 2016/04/05

    • API change: renamed getWithPath to getPathIn
    • Added getPath and reverse
  • v0.18.0 - 2016/04/01

    • API change: renamed get to getIn
    • Added setIn and setKey
  • v0.17.0 - 2016/03/29

    • Minor API change (shouldn't affect anyone): changed integer conversions in isIn, transpose and currying functions
    • API change: getAt no longer accepts strings as indexes
    • Added getArgAt and setAt
  • v0.16.0 - 2016/03/23

    • Fully compatible with versions down to 0.15.x
    • Added init, tail, getAt, head, last
  • v0.15.3 - 2016/03/21

    • Fully compatible with versions down to 0.15.x
    • Updated generic function and removed unused Function.prototype caching
    • Added specific tests for generic, sorter and sorterDesc
    • Minor improvements in documentation
  • v0.15.2 - 2016/03/17

    • Fully compatible with versions down to 0.15.x
    • Added support for Travis CI and Coveralls
    • Updated README and fixed typo in documentation
  • v0.15.1 - 2016/03/08

    • Fully compatible with version 0.15.0
    • Minor performance improvements
  • v0.15.0 - 2016/03/03

    • API change: changed insert and sorter
    • Added invokerOn, sort, sorterDesc and sortWith
  • v0.14.0 - 2015/05/13

    • Fully compatible with versions down to 0.13.x
    • Added transpose, zip, zipWithIndex
  • v0.13.0 - 2015/05/06

    • API change: difference, intersection and uniques now use the "SameValueZero" comparison
    • Added clamp, contains, isIn, isSVZ
  • v0.12.0 - 2015/04/22

    • Fully compatible with versions down to 0.9.x
    • Added enumerables and pluckKey
    • Added mergeOwn, ownPairs, ownValues and tearOwn
  • v0.11.0 - 2015/04/17

    • Fully compatible with versions down to 0.9.x
    • The union function now can work with array-like objects
    • Added flatMapWith, partition, partitionWith
  • v0.10.0 - 2015/04/15

    • Fully compatible with version 0.9.x
    • Added merge function
    • Added binary and unary as shortcuts for common use cases of aritize
  • v0.9.0 - 2015/04/10

    • API change: dropped the boolean parameter in flatten and added shallowFlatten
    • API change: dropped the boolean parameter in curry and curryable, added curryRight and curryableRight
    • API change: renamed typeOf to type to avoid confusion with the operator
    • Added the filterWith function
  • v0.8.0 - 2015/04/03

    • API change: the values function now picks from all enumerable properties, even inherited
    • API change: renamed getFromPath to getWithPath
    • Added fromPairs, immutable, make, pairs, tear
  • v0.7.0 - 2015/03/25

    • Fully compatible with previous 0.x versions
    • Added the group and groupBy functions
    • Added the find and findIndex functions
    • Some long due performance improvements on curry, curryable and partial
  • v0.6.3 - 2015/03/20

    • The documentation is now online
    • Minor fixes in doc comments
  • v0.6.2 - 2015/03/18

    • First public release