dopromise

Simple Promise Library for JavaScript.

npm install dopromise
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dopromise

A Simple Promise Library for JavaScript

dopromise allows you to call handler(s) in series, parallel or in a loop. Each handler (function) is called with a done function, and the this inside the handler is set to a an object that will remain the same across all handlers. You can use this to pass data across handlers.

Install

$ npm install dopromise

Usage

Nodejs

var dopromise = require("dopromise")

dopromise.serial(handler1, handler2, ...)
dopromise.parallel(handler1, handler2, ...)
dopromise.loop(handler)

Browser

Just include "promise.js" script file. The global variable dopromise is made available to you.

dopromise.serial will call its handlers in series. Each handler must call done from within a callback inside the handler. If the handler is synchronous call done from the handler itself. If at any time you want to halt the operations (due to an error), just don't call done. The last handler is not called with done.

The example below is a nodejs program to asynchronously copy an input file to an output file. It makes three asynchronous calls. fs.exists, fs.readFile, fs.writeFile. Notice that we bind this to the callbacks.

var fs = require("fs");
var dopromise = require("dopromise")

dopromise.serial(
    function(done) {
        this.infile = process.argv[2] || "";
        fs.exists(this.infile, function (exists) {
            if (exists) {
                done();
            } else {
                console.log("File does not exist: " + this.infile)
            }
        }.bind(this))
    },
    function(done) {
        this.outfile = process.argv[3]
        if (this.outfile) {
            done();
        } else {
            console.log("Output File Name is Required")
        }
    },
    function(done) {
        fs.readFile(this.infile, function (err, data) {
            if (err) {
                console.log("Error reading File: " + this.infile)
            } else {
                this.contents = data
                done()
            }
        }.bind(this))
    },
    function() {
        fs.writeFile(this.outfile, this.contents, function (err) {
            if (err) {
                console.log("Error writing File: " + this.outfile)
            }
        }.bind(this))
    }
)

dopromise.parallel will call the handlers in parallel. All the handlers MUST call done. In the example below we send two http requests in parallel. And attach the result (body) to this. The last handler is called after all the handlers have resolved. In the last handler we just print the lengths of the responses.

var dopromise = require('dopromise')
    request = require('request')

dopromise.parallel(
    function(done) {
        request('http://www.example.com', function (error, response, body) {
            if (!error && response.statusCode == 200) {
                console.log("got example")
                this.example = body
                done()
            } else {
                done()
            }
        }.bind(this))       
    },
    function(done) {
        request('http://www.example2.com', function (error, response, body) {
            if (!error && response.statusCode == 200) {
                console.log("got example2")
                this.example2 = body
                done()
            } else {
                done()
            }
        }.bind(this))       
    },
    function() {
        console.log(this.example.length)
        console.log(this.example2.length)
    }
)

dopromise.loop will call a single handler repeatedly. You must call done from within the handler to to continue the loop. You must also implement an escape condition inside the loop. Just dont call done if the escape condition is met.

In the example below we will implement a simple task runner. The tasks are given in an array. Each time the handler is called it will shift out the first task, and call exec on the child process. It will exit when the array is empty.

var dopromise = require("dopromise"),
    _exec = require('child_process').exec,
    start = new Date(),
    commands = [
        'jshint run.js',
        'uglifyjs run.js -o run.min.js -c -m'
    ]

dopromise.loop(
    function(done) {
        var cmd = commands.shift()
        if (cmd) {
            console.log('Running command: ' + cmd)
            _exec(cmd, function (error, stdout, stderr) {
                if (error) {
                    console.log(stderr)
                } else {
                    console.log(stdout)
                    done()
                }
            })
        } else {
            console.log('Done all tasks in ' + (new Date() - start) + 'ms')
        }
    }
)
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