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A utility module for both node.js and the browser.
It is available through npm:

npm install common

Or as minified js file for the browser:

<script src='common.min.js'></script>

This module among other things contains a fork of step that also provides error handling

    function(next) { // next is the last argument, except in the last handler
        fs.readFile(__filename, 'utf-8', next);
    function(file) {
], function(err) {
    // any error received in a callback will be forwarded here

It also contains a shortcut to the EventEmitter prototype and a compatible implementation of this for the browser.

var MyEmitter = common.emitter(function() { = 42;

var me = new MyEmitter();

me.emit('foo',; // emits 'foo',42

There is also a more general method for extending prototypes called extend:

// this prototype is the same as above
var MyEmitter = common.extend(events.EventEmitter, function() { = 42;

If you want to use futures you can use the future function to create a future:

var fut = common.future();

fut.get(function(val) {
setTimeout(function() {
    fut.put(42); // results in the previous .get being called and all future .get's will be called synchroniously
}, 1000)

To do string formatting you can use format:

// you can parse the arguments to a pattern one by one
common.format('define {0} here', 'pattern'); // returns 'define pattern here'

// or as a map or array
common.format('define {foo} here', {foo:'pattern'}); // same as above

There is a log method that just accepts the does the same as format except it prints out the result using console.log if available

To generate a simple weak symbols (often used when generating keys for a map) use gensym

common.gensym() // returns 's0'
common.gensym() // returns 's1'

If you instead of a weak symbol need a strong one use uuid:

common.uuid(); // returns a strong id, ex: ngDl6IdovME9JKvIxgED0FK1kzURxfZaCq48-0

Common can also encode integers into alphanumerical notation using encode:

common.encode(1000); // returns G8

To ensure that a method cannot be called more than once you can use the once function:

var fn = common.once(function() {

fn(); // prints hello
fn(); // does nothing

Besides the above common implements two of the utilities mentioned in The Good Parts, memoizer and curry.

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