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Metho - A new method for methods

A small library to allow you to safely add 'dynamic properties' to objects, with the help of Symbols. This is useful for 'monkey patching' native JavaScript types to give them new capabilities. Some examples:

import * as Metho from 'metho'

const asHex = Metho.add(
  function() { return this.toString(16) }

console.log(65534[asHex])  // fffe

const upper = Metho.add(
  function() { return this.toUpperCase() }
const chunk = Metho.add(
  function(length) {
    return this.match(new RegExp('.{1,' + length + '}', 'g'))

console.log("Hello World!"[upper][chunk(2)])  // ['HE', 'LL', 'O ', 'WO', 'RL', 'D!']

How to use

Metho is fairly simple, and offers 4 basic functions for adding these 'dynamic properties' to your target object(s). All functions will return either a Symbol, or a function that returns a Symbol. These Symbols are the property 'names'.

add(targetOrTargets, function, [options={}])

This is probably the function you'll need most often. It will use from addWithParams or addSimple based on the arity of the passed function - an arity of 0 will cause addSimple to be used, anything else will cause addWithParams or addProperty to be used - based upon the state of outerSyntax. When added with option outerSyntax set to true - the syntax for your property will be that of a more regular function call:

// options.outerSyntax = false

// options.outerSyntax = true

There is a slight performance hit when not using outerSyntax - hence the reason for the switch. To specify more than one target for the function, you should pass an array of targets.

addWithParams(targetOrTargets, function, [options={}])

Adds a 'dynamic property` that can accept parameters

console.log(object[property(param1, param2)]

addSimple(targetOrTargets, function, [options={}])

Adds a 'dynamic property` that has no parameters


addProperty(targetOrTargets, propertyValue, [options={}])

Adds a regular property to the target(s) (will not be automatically called if it is a function)