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Wanted Recipes

Wanted Recipes

Here's a list of recipes we think we need. Pick one, implement it, and remove it from the page. Alternately, add a quick note here for a recipe you'd like to see so someone else can add it.

In the notes below, "JS" means the recipe is just a simple passthrough to an existing JavaScript method.

Introduction

We need a better introduction. Right now the first recipe is Embedding JavaScript, which doesn't set the right first impression. How about three or four recipes that hold new users' hands a bit more as the first section?

Syntax

  • Ensuring variables are closed over # with "do"

Objects

Strings

  • HTML methods # JS .sup(), .sub(), .blink(), .link(url), etc. May not exist in your JS impl!
  • substr {% highlight coffeescript %} str.substr(x,y) === str[x..x+y-1] === str[x...x+y] {% endhighlight %}
  • substring {% highlight coffeescript %} str.substring(x,y) === str.slice(x,y) === str[x..y-1] === str[x...y] {% endhighlight %}
  • Replacing substrings

Arrays

  • Testing every element in an array {% highlight coffeescript %} evens = (x for x in [0..10] by 2) even = (x) -> x % 2 == 0 evens.every even # => true {% endhighlight %}
  • Detecting presence of matching items in an array {% highlight coffeescript %} [1..10].some (x) -> x % 2 == 0 # => true {% endhighlight %}

Dates and Times

  • Empty

Math

  • square root # JS Math.sqrt
  • Constants # JS Math.PI, Math.E
  • floor, ceil, round # JS Math.floor, Math.ceil, Math.round
  • Raising a number to a power # JS Math.pow(x, y)
  • Logarithms # Math.log
  • Finding the base-n log # Math.log(num) / Math.log(base)
  • Exponents # Math.exp
  • Check if a creditcard is valid (checksum, Luhn algorithm)

Functions

  • Nested functions

{% highlight coffeescript %} hypotenuse = (a, b) -> square = (x) -> x * x Math.sqrt(square(a) + square(b))

console.log hypotenuse 3, 4

=> 5

square 5

ReferenceError: square is not defined

{% endhighlight %}

  • Optional Arguments # use arg? to detect presence: if arg=0, arg? == true

{% highlight coffeescript %} foo = (a, b=42, c) -> if c? then abc else a*b [Function] foo 6

=> 252

foo 1, 2

=> 2

foo 1, 2, 3

=> 6

{% endhighlight %}

jQuery

Regular Expressions

Networking

  • Streaming HTTP server
  • Streaming HTTP client

AJAX

  • Getting data from a remote server # using raw XHTTPRequest instead of jQuery's $.ajax

Design patterns

  • Creational Patterns

    • Abstract Factory
    • Prototype
  • Structural Patterns

    • Adapter
    • Composite
    • Facade
    • Flyweight
    • Proxy
  • Behavioral Patterns

    • Chain of Responsibility
    • Iterator
    • Mediator
    • Observer
    • State
    • Template Method
    • Visitor

Databases

  • Couch access
  • MySQL/PostgreSQL access
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