supergroup

Nested groups on arrays of objects where groups are Strings that know what you want them to know about themselves and their relatives.

Supergroup brings extreme convenience and understandability to the manipulation of Javascript data collections, especially in the context of D3.js visualization programming.

As if in submission to the great programmers commandment--Don't Repeat Yourself--every time I find myself writing a piece of code that solves basically the same problem I've solved a dozen times before, a little piece of my soul dies.

Utilities for grouping record collections into maps or nests abound: d3.nest, d3.map, Underscore.groupBy, Underscore.Nest, to name a few. But after these tools relieve us of a certain amount of repetitive stress, we're often left with a tangle of hairy details that fill us with a dreadful sense of deja vu. Supergroup may seem like the kind of tacky wonder gadget you'd find on a late-night Ronco ad, but, for the low, low price of free, it makes data-centric Javascript programming fun again. And, when you find yourself in a D3.js callback routine holding a datum object that might have come from anywhere--for instance, with a tooltip callback used on disparate object types--everything you want to know about your object and its associated metadata and records is right there at your fingertips.