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Utility library for JavaScript promises


Utility library for JavaScript promises

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Option 1, npm: npm install z-core and then var Z = require('z-core');

Option 2, bower: bower install z-core

Option 3, download it manually from the dist folder of this repo.

If you care about shaving off some bytes and you only target ES6-compatible environments, then you can use z-core-es6.js. It assumes that there is a native promise-implementation, as provided by ES6. The standard Z implementation comes with a small polyfill though.

Minimified (not gziped) the code is about 10k for the standard version, compatibile with all environments, and about 4k for the ES6-version.

Functions can now accept promises as arguments

Use bindSync to create promise-friendly functions from sync functions.

var pmin = Z.bindSync(Math.min);
// It can still be called with regular values 
pmin(10, 5).then(function(minValue) {
  console.log(minValue); // 5 
// But is can also be called with promises 
var promise = returnsTheValue2AsPromise();
pmin(promise, 5).then(function(minValue) {
  console.log(minValue); // 2 

Use bindAsync to create promise-friendly functions from async functions.

var postPromisedJSON = Z.bindAsync(postJSON);
var agePromise = returnsTheValue28AsPromise();
// Note that it's called with a mix of regular values an promises 
postPromisedJSON('/people', { name: 'Jakob', age: agePromise }).then(function(res) {
  console.log(res); // the result of the request 

Augmenting promises

Extend the promises returned by Z using mixins.

  get: function(prop) {
    return this.value[prop];
  toLowerCase: function() {
    return this.value.toLowerCase();
  first: function(n) {
    if (== null) {
      n = 1;
    return this.value.slice(0, n);
  log: function() {
var getPromisedJSON = Z.bindAsync(getJSON);
var firstThreeInName = getPromisedJSON('/cookies/123').get('name').toLowerCase().first(3);

Using a prepackaged version of Z

There are several mixin packages available for your convenience:

And even bundles where certain set of mixins have already been applied:

  • z-std-pack: Z, builtins and underscore bundled together.

Additional resources

Slides from 2014-02-25 presentation on Z

Code from the above presentation