Array-like data structure in JavaScript which triggers event callbacks on operations
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EventedArray

An Array-like data structure in JavaScript which allows you to register callbacks on accessor/mutator operations.

Read more: http://darrenknewton.com/2013/11/16/evented-arrays-a-javascript-conveyor-belt/

Sometimes you want a simple data structure such as an Array ([1,2,3,4]) that you can attach callbacks to, so that accessor & mutator actions like set, getting, popping and shifting values from the Array will trigger those callbacks.

Similar projects:

Unlike those projects, this one also lets you create a fixed size array so that older values are shifted() off the front as new values are pushed() on the end.

Show me:

Simple animation demo - http://darrenn.github.io/EventedArray

Flickr image search demo - /test-jsonp.html

Higher-order functional version - test-fanimation.html

var e = new EventedArray(1,2,3,4,5);

// Simple setter/getter

e.toString() // [1,2,3,4,5]
e.set(1)
e.toString() // [1,2,3,4,5,1]
e.get(2) // returns 3

// Define a callback on 'set'
e.register('set', function(i) { console.log( i + ' was set!'); });

e.set('a') // console: a was set!

// Create a set sized array (buffered)

var e = new EventedArray();
e.setBuffer(4);
e.set(1,2,3,4,5);
e.toString(); // "[2,3,4,5]"
e.set('howdy');
e.toString(); // "[3,4,5,'howdy']"

Lispy-flavored version

This whole shebang got started while I was playing around with ClojureScript and Scheme and needed a listenable list. After doing that I realized I could translate those functions easily with minimal CoffeeScript to do the same thing in my JavaScript projects. You can see that here and play with it in /test/test-fanimation.html

Dependencies

Underscore.js - I mixin a grab bag of the collection functions from Underscore to make it easy to access and iterate over the values

How to use:

Is ready to go with Node.js, RequireJS and dropped into the global window object. Just pull it in how you like (but remember, it needs Underscore.js)

License:

The MIT License (MIT)

Copyright (c) 2013 Darren Newton

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