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scientist.js

🔬 A JavaScript interpretation of the Ruby library Scientist, a library for carefully refactoring critical paths.

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npm install scientist.js

How do I science?

Let's pretend you're changing the way you handle permissions in a large web app. Tests can help guide your refactoring, but you really want to capture the current and refactored behaviours under load.

ES6 Sample

import {Experiment, Result} from 'scientist.js';

import Permission from './permission';
import Model from './model';

class MyWidget {
    constructor() {
        this.model = new Model();
    }

    allows(user) {
        var experiment = new Experiment("widget-permissions");
        experiment.use(() => this.model.checkUser(user).valid); // old way
        experiment.try(() => user.can(Permission.Read, this.model)); // new way

        return experiment.run();
    }
}

Use use(..) to wrap the existing original behaviour, and use try(..) to wrap the new behaviour. experiment.run(); will always return the result of the use block, but it does a bunch of stuff behind the scenes:

  • It decides whether or not to run the try block
  • Randomises order to execute try and use blocks
  • Measures the duration of both behaviours
  • Swallows (but records) any exceptions raised in the try block and
  • Set a condition to filter calls to try

Upcoming features (these already exist in the Ruby library):

  • Compares the result of try to the result of use,
  • Publishes all this information.

The use block is called the control. The try block is called the candidate.

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