deep extend (like jQuery's) for nodeJS


Question

I am struggling with deep copies of objects in nodeJS. my own extend is crap. underscore's extend is flat. there are rather simple extend variants here on stackexchange, but none are even close to jQuery.extend(true, {}, obj, obj, obj) .. (most are actually terrible and screw up the benefits of asnyc code.)

hence, my question: is there a good deep copy for NodeJS? Has anybody ported jQuery's ?

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2/22/2012 4:59:04 PM

Accepted Answer

You want jQuery's, so just use it:

function extend() {
    var options, name, src, copy, copyIsArray, clone, target = arguments[0] || {},
        i = 1,
        length = arguments.length,
        deep = false,
        toString = Object.prototype.toString,
        hasOwn = Object.prototype.hasOwnProperty,
        push = Array.prototype.push,
        slice = Array.prototype.slice,
        trim = String.prototype.trim,
        indexOf = Array.prototype.indexOf,
        class2type = {
          "[object Boolean]": "boolean",
          "[object Number]": "number",
          "[object String]": "string",
          "[object Function]": "function",
          "[object Array]": "array",
          "[object Date]": "date",
          "[object RegExp]": "regexp",
          "[object Object]": "object"
        },
        jQuery = {
          isFunction: function (obj) {
            return jQuery.type(obj) === "function"
          },
          isArray: Array.isArray ||
          function (obj) {
            return jQuery.type(obj) === "array"
          },
          isWindow: function (obj) {
            return obj != null && obj == obj.window
          },
          isNumeric: function (obj) {
            return !isNaN(parseFloat(obj)) && isFinite(obj)
          },
          type: function (obj) {
            return obj == null ? String(obj) : class2type[toString.call(obj)] || "object"
          },
          isPlainObject: function (obj) {
            if (!obj || jQuery.type(obj) !== "object" || obj.nodeType) {
              return false
            }
            try {
              if (obj.constructor && !hasOwn.call(obj, "constructor") && !hasOwn.call(obj.constructor.prototype, "isPrototypeOf")) {
                return false
              }
            } catch (e) {
              return false
            }
            var key;
            for (key in obj) {}
            return key === undefined || hasOwn.call(obj, key)
          }
        };
      if (typeof target === "boolean") {
        deep = target;
        target = arguments[1] || {};
        i = 2;
      }
      if (typeof target !== "object" && !jQuery.isFunction(target)) {
        target = {}
      }
      if (length === i) {
        target = this;
        --i;
      }
      for (i; i < length; i++) {
        if ((options = arguments[i]) != null) {
          for (name in options) {
            src = target[name];
            copy = options[name];
            if (target === copy) {
              continue
            }
            if (deep && copy && (jQuery.isPlainObject(copy) || (copyIsArray = jQuery.isArray(copy)))) {
              if (copyIsArray) {
                copyIsArray = false;
                clone = src && jQuery.isArray(src) ? src : []
              } else {
                clone = src && jQuery.isPlainObject(src) ? src : {};
              }
              // WARNING: RECURSION
              target[name] = extend(deep, clone, copy);
            } else if (copy !== undefined) {
              target[name] = copy;
            }
          }
        }
      }
      return target;
    }

and a small test to show that it does deep copies

extend(true, 
    {
        "name": "value"
    }, 
    {
        "object": "value",
        "other": "thing",
        "inception": {
            "deeper": "deeper",
            "inception": {
                "deeper": "deeper",
                "inception": {
                    "deeper": "deeper"
                }
            }
        }
    }
)

But remember to provide attribution: https://github.com/jquery/jquery/blob/master/src/core.js

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2/22/2012 6:22:09 PM

It's already been ported. node-extend

Note the project doesn't have tests and doesn't have much popularity, so use at your own risk.

As mentioned you probably don't need deep copies. Try to change your data structures so you only need shallow copies.

Few months later

I wrote a smaller module instead, recommend you use xtend. It's not got an implementation containing jQuery baggage nor does it have bugs like node-extend does.


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