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From Callbacks to Functional

As previously mentioned, the converter from the asynchronous functions returning the result via callback can be created to support the simple asynchronous programming with node.js[1].

As the first step, the read method can be slightly modified to better separate implementation from wrapper:

const read = filepath =>  
  callback => {
    const impl = (filepath, callback) => {
      const options = { encoding : 'utf8' };
      fs.readFile(filepath, options, callback);
    return ('function' === typeof filepath)
      ? filepath((err, filepath) =>
        err != null ? callback(err) : impl(filepath, callback))
      : impl(filepath, callback);

Let's define fn1 function that gets implementation with value and callback and returns the wrapped function:

const fn = f => arg1 => callback => ('function' === typeof arg1)
  ? arg1((err, arg1) => err != null ? callback(err) : f(arg1, callback))
  : f(arg1, callback);

The read function can be replaced then by wrapping the implementation with fn:

const read = fn1((filepath, callback) => {
  const options = { encoding : 'utf8' };
  fs.readFile(filepath, options, callback);

Similarly, other functions of the fs module can be converted:

var exists = fn1(fs.exists);
var mkdir = fn1(fs.mkdir);

Now it is possible to use these async functions in a simple way:

// write the string 'test' to the file 'folder-to-create'
// and then read this file and create the folder 'test',
// print result to console.
write('folder-to-create', 'test')(() =>

  1. Error Handling in 'read' and 'write', https://alexatnet.com/functional-error-handling/ ↩︎

Alex Netkachov

Alex Netkachov

Alex Netkachov is a Senior Software Developer, currently working in Central London on new generation of energy trading solutions for brokers, traders and exchanges.

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