data-flow

Data Flow is an asynchronous object manipulation library.

Dataflow

Dataflow is a library that can be used to represent object data manipulation as a concise, jQuery-style series of function invocations. It supports both synchronous and asynchronous operations so the programming style is the same in both cases.

Example

To illustrate this concept with an example, consider the following:

::

var names = ["Dedekind", "Riemann", "Cauchy"];
new taiste.DataFlow([
        { test: 123, foo: "bar", users: [0, 2],
            votes: { 0: true, 1: false, 2: true } },
        { test: 456, foo: "barbar", users: [1, 0], votes: { 0: false }}
    ])
    .pluck('users')
        .asyncMapEach(function() {
            _.delay(_.bind(function() {
                this.setData( { name: names[this.data]} );
                this.next();
            }, this), 250);
        }).end()
    .pluck('votes')
        .each(function(value, key) {
            var context = this;
            new taiste.DataFlow(value, undefined, undefined, true)
                .each(function(vote, user) {
                    context.data[key][user] = {
                        vote: vote,
                        user: context.parent.users[key][user]
                    };
                });
        }).end()
    .asyncOperation(
        function() {
            console.log("Running async op");
            _.delay(_.bind(function() {
                this.next();
            }, this), 250);
        })
    .then(function() {
        var context = this;
        _.delay(function() {
            context.next();
        });

        return false;
    })
    .then(function() {
        console.log(this);
    });

The most important methods to understand are then, next, pluck, asyncMap, asyncEach, map, each and mapEach. then adds a new function to the asynchronously executed pqueue. The execution can be made asynchronous by returning false from the then function. The context contains next function that is required to be executed when the operation finishes.

The data is contained in the context’s data property, that can be manipulated.

The queue is executed in the order the items are added to it. The pluck function can be used to separate a new “stack item” so that the following functions before end are operating with the plucked data. Pluck also accepts wildcards and nested plucking with * and .. The end can be then used to add the transformed data back to the master object. The root object is always accessible using the root function on the context.

The getJSON-method can be used to add data to the queue.

External requirements

  • jQuery_
  • Underscore.js_
  • Taiste underscore extensions_

.. _Underscore.js: http://github.com/documentcloud/underscore/ .. _Taiste underscore extensions: http://github.com/taiste/underscore-extensions/ .. _jQuery: http://jquery.org

Licence

Licenced under MIT::

Copyright (C) 2011 by Taiste Oy

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