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Keyed List

An enumerable list where each element is also accessible via a key provided by the user.

This library is built with James Coglan's JS.Class and its API borrows a lot from JS.OrderedHash. It's released under the BSD license; please see the LICENSE file for details.

Installation

This library is available from npm and is considered portable: it works both on Node and all modern web browsers. Its only dependency is JS.Class.

npm install -g keyed_list

You can build a minified version from source with Jake; this requires Ruby and Rubygems.

Usage

The keyed_list library exposes the KeyedList class. When creating a new instance of this class, you can pass in a hash of key-value pairs which will be added to the list.

var dates = new KeyedList({
    birth: 1533,
    coronation: 1558
});

dates.length; // -> 2

Both keys and values can be extracted, in order, as arrays with the keys and values methods.

dates.keys(); // -> ['birth', 'coronation']
dates.values(); // -> [1533, 1558]

To add a new element to the list, use the store method, passing in a string key as the first argument and the value as the second.

dates.store('death', 1603);

To retrieve an existing object via its key, use the get method. If there is no value associated with a key, the method will return undefined.

dates.get('birth'); // -> 1533
dates.get('wedding'); // -> undefined

Deletion by key is also supported via the remove method, which returns the removed element, or null if no element is associated with that key.

dates.remove('coronation'); // -> 1558
dates.remove('wedding'); // -> null

The four 'stack' methods from JavaScript's Array prototype are also supported and do the expected things:

  • pop removes the last element of the list and returns that element;
  • push adds an element to the end of the list and returns the list;
  • shift removes the first element of the list and returns that element;
  • unshift adds an element to the beginning of the list and returns the list.

Both keys and values can be extracted as arrays.

dates.keys(); // -> ['birth', 'death']
dates.values(); // -> [1533, 1603]

Additionally, the KeyedList class has a forEach method which can iterate over its values. This allows it to mix in the JS.Enumerable module, giving it a rich set of methods for dealing with collections.

As well as these, there are four methods for traversing the list: getNext, getPrevious, getNextKey and getPreviousKey. They all accept a key and return either the next or previous object in the list to that corresponding with the provided key, or their associated key.

dates.getNext('coronation'); // -> 1603
dates.getNextKey('coronation'); // -> 'death'

dates.getPrevious('coronation'); // -> 1533
dates.getPreviousKey('coronation'); // -> 'birth'

Testing

The test suite is written with the JS.Test testing framework and runs on most JavaScript platforms, including Node and all modern web browsers.

To run the test suite from the command line, run the following command (replacing node with Rhino, V8 etc. where relevant).

node test/console.js

To run the test suite in a browser, open the test/browser.html file in a web browser.

Deployment

The library includes a jake.yml file for use with the Jake build tool, as explained above. This also means that it is easily deployed with Helium, a Git-backed JavaScript package server. It should also fit into any other build or deploy system based on JS.Packages.

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