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ordering

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Order array elements based on before/after constraints.

See needier for more on how the dependencies are handled.

See had for more on how the return results/errors are produced.

Tapestry-IoC anyone?

Install

npm install ordering --save

Usage: JavaScript

CoffeeScript Usage

// get it
var order = require('ordering')

// make some functions
function func1() { console.log('I am a function'); }
function func2() { console.log('Me too!'); }
function func3() { console.log('Me three!!!'); }
function func4() { console.log('enough already'); }

// put them, unsorted, into an array
var array = [ func4, func2, func3, func1 ];

// how to control their order?
func1.options = { id: 'f1',  before: [ '*' ] }

func2.options = { id: 'f2', after: [ 'f3', 'f4' ] }

func3.options = {
  id: 'f3'
  , before: [ 'f4' ]
  , after : [ 'f1' ]
}

// order the array contents
var sorted = order(array);
//  OR:
// sorted = order({ array:array });
//  OR:
// sorted = order(func4, func2, func3, func1);

// results in sorted array will be:
sorted = [ func1, func3, func4, func2 ]

// another module can add more functions to the array.
function func5() { console.log('contributed function'); }
func5.options =  { id: 'f5',  before: [ 'f3' ] }

function func6() { console.log('another contribution'); }
func6.options = {
  id: 'f6'
  , before: [ 'f4']
  , after: [ 'f5' ]
}

array.push(func5, func6);

sorted = order({array:array});

// results in sorted array will now be:
sorted = [ func1, func5, func3, func6, func4, func2 ];

Usage: CoffeeScript

JavaScript Usage

# get it
order = require 'ordering'

# make some functions
func1 = () -> console.log 'I am a function'
func2 = () -> console.log 'Me too!'
func3 = () -> console.log 'Me three!!!'
func4 = () -> console.log 'enough already'

# put them, unsorted, into an array
array = [ func4, func2, func3, func1 ]

# how to control their order?
func1.options =
  id: 'f1'
  before: [ '*' ]

func2.options =
  id: 'f2'
  after: [ 'f3', 'f4' ]

func3.options =
  id: 'f3'
  before: [ 'f4' ]
  after : [ 'f1' ]

sorted = order array:array
#  OR:
# sorted = order array:array
#  OR:
# sorted = order func4, func2, func3, func1

# results in sorted array will be:
sorted = [ func1, func3, func4, func2 ]

# another module can add more functions to the array.
func5 = () -> console.log 'contributed function'
func5.options =
  id: 'f5'
  before: [ 'f3' ]

func6 = () -> console.log 'another contribution'
func6.options =
  id: 'f6'
  before: [ 'f4']
  after: [ 'f5' ]

array.push func5, func6

sorted = order array

# results in sorted array will now be:
sorted = [ func1, func5, func3, func6, func4, func2 ]

API

ordering(options)

Orders the provided array based on the options on each member of the array.

The accepted arguments:

  1. individual arguments will be converted to an array when there are at least two of them.
  2. the first argument may be an array
  3. the first argument is an object with an array property

The array members options property should specify:

  1. id : a unique identifier within the members of the array
  2. before: an array of IDs the member should be before when ordered.
  3. after: an array of IDs the member should be after when ordered.

When options is undefined an empty object will be put in its place.

When options.id is undefined the name property will be used. A named function has a name property. If the member is missing both an id and a name then an error will be added to the result.

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