HOWTO: Stop creating junk Promises using Composable Javascript


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HOWTO: Stop making junk promises

Please take a look at (& star plz) this article’s companion Github project, Escape From Callback Mountain

Project Goal: research & develop better functional language patterns in JavaScript.

The subjects I’m addressing have been explored by many - and rejected by others. I believe the reason for the divide is Google Results Roulette & developers blindly trusting results. Bad/outdated examples lead to broad suspicions of terms like: modular JS, composable JS or functional JS.

Let me start with a confession: I’m guilty of writing the same anti-patterns I criticize below, as I’m sure many JS developers are as well. Nothing I’ve laid out is meant to be personal or even directed at the original authors. I’m merely doing a code review on common patterns - I hope to pass along an understanding of my priorities & critical thinking processes.

Hopefully you will be able to spot the warning signs of bad Promises after groking this project.

  2. StrongLoop
  3. RisingStack
  4. Q Library

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CREDIT: This is a pretty solid article. I only have 1 concern:


Q Library


The Q library is one of the most used & oldest to be associated with “Promises.” Hence it suffers from aging examples and it’s need to maintain backwards compatibility. I say “associated with ‘Promises’” since I feel Q is really about the deferred pattern.

It may resemble Promises, however I insist it ain’t. It has far too large a surface area for all the wrong reasons. Also the naming convention inconsistently abbreviates names, making it harder to memorize the interface. Methods like when and done are not necessary.

Bottom line: the deferred pattern is a painful anti-pattern - it improves virtually nothing over the typical callback approach.

q first example

q xmlHTTP deferred anti-pattern

One more thing, my work likely has bugs or quality issues - please file an issue here - always appreciated!

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Published on June 01, 2016