js module for simple SQL like operations on tablular-like data (Arrays of JSON objects)

join, group, select, sql, rows, of, json
npm install jsgjs@0.4.0



Join Select Group-js. A small utility for performing SQL like join select and group operations on Arrays of Objects in JS

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Join Select Group-js. A small utility for performing SQL like join select and group operations on Arrays of Objects in JS. With high perfomance on large data sets.

Useful for front-end data manipulation and backend datastreaming and analysis without Db storage. ie. combining analytic data from an third party api wiith in house Db.


npm install jsgjs --save


var JSG = require("jsgjs");


Also included is a frontend jsgjs.min.js file

<script type="text/javascript" src="/servingDirectory/jsgjs.min.js"></script>
var useableObject = new JSG(initData);


A creted JSG object has 3 possible methods for manipulating data: -Join -Select -Group

Here is an example of all three used on two data sets

var JSG = require('jsgjs');
var users = [
var orders = [

var spendData = new JSG(users).select([
		return row.price_cents_sum/100

// Result
[ { name: 'John', items_avg: 1, euros_spent: 11 },
 { name: 'Kate', items_avg: 3, euros_spent: 101 },
 { name: 'Mary', items_avg: 2, euros_spent: 5 },
 { name: 'Michal', items_avg: NaN, euros_spent: 0 } ] }

JSG Object

The JSG object provides routes by which to preform the join, group and select methods. It stores and then removes transient data from memory. It takes one argmument which is an array of JSON objects. This argument acts as the left dataset for a join and the primary dataset other operations.

var names = [
var dataObject =  new JSG(names);
console.log( dataObject.data , dataObject.result() ) // both return the names data set

When join , select or group methods are executed the results overwrite the previous 'data' property of the JSG object (ie. dataObject.data from above)


The Join method creates a join object on which four joins can be preformed:

  • outterJoin
  • innerJoin
  • leftJoin
  • rightJoin

These mirror SQL like join in behaviour. rightJoin is simply a left join but inverts the dataSource.

var colours =[
var foods =[
var leftJoinEx = new JSG(colours).leftJoin(foods,"name").result()
var rightJoinEx = new JSG(foods).rightJoin(colours,"name").result()

//leftJoinEx and rightJoinEx both return
//[ { name: 'kate', 'colour-left': 'blue', 'colour-right': 'chips' },
//{ name: 'john', 'colour-left': 'red', 'colour-right': 'apples' },
//{ name: 'james', 'colour-left': 'grey', 'colour-right': null } ]
// Join syntax is as follows 
var myJoinObject  = new JSG(dataSource1)[typeofJoin](dataSource2,"fieldToJoinOn")

The Join field must exist in both dataSets. If names are different as in the first example (ie join user_id and id) then a select statement or indeed a native array.map() function should be used.

N.B Currently the first row of each data set is used for header evaluation so ensure all relatvent headers are therein contained. There is an assumption of data validity


Select provides similar functionality to the native .map method. However It provides utility in syntax and also in the context of other JSG methods

It takes one argument - selectionArray

Each element in the selectionArray maps one column

A selectionArray element can come in three forms

  1. String
  2. Object of form: {title:string, val:string }
  3. Object of form: { title:string, val:function }
var orders = [
var selectionArray = [
	{title:"user",val:"user_id"}, //maps the field user_id onto a new field named user
	"price_cents", // this maps the field transparently
	{title:"price_euros",val:function(row){return row.price_cents/100}} // this operates on each row
// note that items is ommited and therefore will be omitted from the results set

var result = new JSG(orders).select(selectionArray).result()
// result
// [ { user: 2, price_cents: 100, price_euros: 1 },
// { user: 2, price_cents: 10000, price_euros: 100 },
// { user: 3, price_cents: 500, price_euros: 5 },
// { user: 1, price_cents: 1100, price_euros: 11 } ]


Group allows aggregation of data rows. Group takes two arguments:

  1. GroupBy
  • The field (string) or fields (array of strings) by which to group
  • "All" is another valid input (which does what it says on the tin)
  1. Field(s) to Aggregrate
  • This field provides some syntax freedoms.

Fields Argument

The Basic form is as per below


eg: [{header:"price_cents",operators:["sum","avg","count"]}]

A plain array of strings with columnName and operation seperated by the deliminator :: may also be used

	eg: ["price_cents::sum","price_cents::avg"]

NB : this second option is parsed into the first

Available Operators:

  • sum - numeric values only , disregarding null values
  • avg - numeric values only , disregarding null values
  • count - all values , disregarding null values
  • unique - all values , disregarding null values
  • median - numeric values only , disregarding null values
  • mode - all values , disregarding null values
  • max - numeric values only , disregarding null values
  • min - numeric values only , disregarding null values
var orders = [
var syntax1 = new JSG(orders).group("All",[

var syntax2 = new JSG(orders).group("All",[
	"price_cents", // "price_cents" is parsed as "price_cents::sum" by default

syntax1 and syntax2 will bring the same results

	// the output of results
result = [ { 
	All: undefined,
    price_cents_sum: 11700,
    price_cents_avg: 2925,
    price_cents_median: 1100,
    price_cents_max: 10000,
    items_count: 4,
    items_min: 1,
    items_sum: 9 

Filter (where/having)

Remove rows that dont meet a certain test. Syntax where , filter or having may be used. The one argument is a function that returns a boolean.

var rows = [
var filtered = new JSG(rows).filter(function(row){
	return row.age > 10


Sort (orderBy)

Sort the data according to one field/ column name by ascending (asc) or decending (desc) sort or orderBy methods can be used. The take one or two argument.

  • .sort("column","direction")
  • .sort("column::direction")
var rows = [
var sorted = new JSG(rows).sort("age::asc").result()
var sorted = new JSG(rows).sort("age","asc").result()
var sorted = new JSG(rows).sort("age",1).result()

[ { name: 'kate', age: 1 },
  { name: 'mary', age: 16 },
  { name: 'john', age: 20 },
  { name: 'kate', age: 30 } ]

Release History

  • 0.1.0 Initial release