Tool for validating the input of functions.


Keywords
error checking, functional, test, testing
License
SAX-PD
Install
npm install teishi@4.0.0

Documentation

teishi

"A string is a string is a string." --Gertrude Stein

teishi is a tool for validating the input of functions.

teishi means "stop" in Japanese. The inspiration for the library comes from the concept of "auto-activation", which is one of the two main pillars of the Toyota Production System (according to its creator, Taiichi Ohno).

Current status of the project

The current version of teishi, v4.0.0, is considered to be stable and complete. Suggestions and patches are welcome. Besides bug fixes, there are no future changes planned.

Usage examples

Validate the input of a function that receives two arguments, an integer (counter) and a function (callback). The second argument is optional.

function example1 (counter, callback) {
   if (teishi.stop ('example1', [
      ['counter', counter, 'integer'],
      ['callback', callback, ['function', 'undefined'], 'oneOf']
   ])) return false;

   // If we are here, the tests passed and we can trust the input.

Validate the input of a function that receives two arguments, a string (action) which can have four possible values ('create', 'read', 'update' and 'delete'), and an integer between 0 and 100 (limit).

function example2 (action, limit) {
   if (teishi.stop ('example2', [
      ['action', action, ['create', 'read', 'update', 'delete'], 'oneOf', teishi.test.equal],
      ['limit', limit, 'integer'],
      [['limit', 'page size'], limit, {min: 0, max: 100}, teishi.test.range]
   ])) return false;

   // If we are here, the tests passed and we can trust the input.

Validate the input of a function that receives an object with two keys, action and limit. The applicable rules are the same than those in function example2 above.

function example3 (input) {
   if (teishi.stop ('example3', [
      ['input', input, 'object'],
      ['keys of input', dale.keys (input), ['action', 'limit'], 'eachOf', teishi.test.equal],
      function () {return [
         ['input.action', input.action, ['create', 'read', 'update', 'delete'], 'oneOf', teishi.test.equal],
         ['input.limit', input.limit, 'integer'],
         [['input.limit', 'page size'], input.limit, {min: 0, max: 100}, teishi.test.range]
      ]}
   ])) return false;

   // If we are here, the tests passed and we can trust the input.

Auto-activation

Auto-activation means that a machine or process stops immediately when an error is found, instead of going on until the faults in the process make it break down completely. Let's restate this: an auto-activated machine stops on its own when it detects an error.

The purpose of auto-activation is twofold:

  • No defective products are made, because every machine involved in the process checks the state of the product and will stop the whole process if any abnormality is found.
  • By stopping the process on any error, the system sharply distinguishes normal from abnormal operation. The process cannot start again until that error is solved. Thus, errors are not ignored or dismissed, but rather brought into the light so that its root causes can be determined and eliminated.

Auto-activation in functional programming

This idea can fruitfully be applied to code. More specifically, here's how I think it can be applied to a (mostly) functional style of programming:

  • Every function is a machine. The "product" or "throughput" is the data flow that enters the function and then exits it.
  • Every function checks its input according to a set of rules.
  • If the function deems its input valid, it has the responsability to return valid output.
  • If the function deems its input invalid, it must do three things:
    • Notify the user of the error, in the most precise terms possible.
    • Stop its own execution.
    • Return false.

I propose returning false instead of throwing an exception for the following reasons:

  • An uncaught exception stops the whole program. If we want every error to stop the entire program, this approach is the most direct.
  • However, if we want our code to deal with an error on its own (and allow it to take correcting measures), each call to a function that might fail must be wrapped in a try/catch block. This is extremely cumbersome.
  • In contrast, using false to indicate invalid input is comparatively elegant and conforms to the structured data flow of a functional program.
  • In practice, the overloading of a valid return value (false) to indicate an exception has not exerted either restriction or confusion in other libraries currently based on teishi.

Let's summarize the advantages of auto-activation, applied to code:

  • Cleaner exception handling: functions can return a false value on receiving a false input, so you can check for a false value instead of placing a try/catch block.
  • Exception-less code: if your program is correct, your program will never throw an exception or crash, no matter how wrong its input is. Although this doesn't reduce at all the difficulty of writing correct code, it at least offers the guarantee that no malformed input can break a properly written program.
  • Errors can't run far: in a non-auto-activated program, an invalid input can go through many functions before making one of them crash and burn. Hence, the source of an error can be far from the exception that it provokes later. If every function checks its input, the detection of the error will be much closer to its source.
  • Meaningful error messages: by specifying the difference between expected and actual input, error messages can convey more information. argument [1] to myFunction must be a function explains much more than undefined is not a function. If you forgot to pass a function as a second argument to another function, it is easier to just be told that you missed it, instead of debugging the first (failed) usage of that argument.
  • Raise your own bar: most importantly, you are forced encouraged to clearly specify the inputs of each function. This leads to clearer code and fewer bugs.

Auto-activation boilerplate

When I started happily applying this concept to my code (as you can see in old versions of lith), I found myself writing this kind of code block, over and over.

if (type (input) !== 'array' && type (input) !== 'undefined') {
   console.log ('Input to myFunction must be either an array or undefined, but instead is', input);
   return false;
}

if (type (input) === 'array') {
   if (input.length !== 3) {
      console.log ('Input to myFunction must be an array of length 3, but instead has length', input.length, 'and is', JSON.stringify (input));
      return false;
   }
   for (var item in input) {
      if (type (input [item]) !== 'string') {
         console.log ('Each item of the input to myFunction must be a string, but instead is', input [item]);
         return false;
      }
   }
}

These code blocks have three parts in common:

  1. Error detection.
  2. Error notification.
  3. Return immediately from the function, so that no further execution is performed and a false value is returned.

The repetitive parts of the three actions above are:

  1. Multiple comparisons:
    • When you have a single input and many accepting values (as in the first example).
    • When you have to iterate the input to see if it matches an accepting value (as in the second example).
    • When you have to do both at the same time.
  2. Error notification:
    • Writing the error message every time, such as "Input can be of type array or object but instead is".
    • Having to stringify objects and arrays when printing them for error notification purposes.
  3. Returning early from the function requires to write one return clause per possible validation error.

teishi simplifies the first two parts and allows you to return false just once, at the end of all the checks you want to perform. Using teishi, the example above can be rewritten like this:

if (teishi.stop ('myFunction', [
   ['input', input, ['array', 'undefined'], 'oneOf'],
   [teishi.t (input) === 'array', [
      function () {
         return ['input.length', input.length, 3, teishi.test.equal]
      },
      ['items of input', input, 'string', 'each']
   ]]
])) return false;

Auto-activated validations using teishi are 50-75% smaller (counting either lines or tokens) than the boilerplate they replace.

More importantly, teishi allows you to express rules succintly and regularly, which makes rules easier to both read and write. Its core purpose is to facilitate as much as possible the exacting task of defining precisely the input of your functions.

Installation

teishi depends on dale

teishi is written in Javascript. You can use it in the browser by sourcing dale and the main file:

<script src="dale.js"></script>
<script src="teishi.js"></script>

Or you can use these links to the latest version - courtesy of jsDelivr.

<script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/gh/fpereiro/dale@9fe30369a2acef87ed062131c8634d858b8f3143/dale.js"></script>
<script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/gh/fpereiro/teishi@8442dc09f0518b93fc9b5fbdf5268d589b7d54fd/teishi.js></script>

And you also can use it in node.js. To install: npm install teishi

teishi should work in any version of node.js (tested in v0.8.0 and above). Browser compatibility has been tested in the following browsers:

  • Google Chrome 15 and above.
  • Mozilla Firefox 3 and above.
  • Safari 4 and above.
  • Internet Explorer 6 and above.
  • Microsoft Edge 14 and above.
  • Opera 10.6 and above.
  • Yandex 14.12 and above.

The author wishes to thank Browserstack for providing tools to test cross-browser compatibility.

Simple rules

The fundamental pattern of teishi is to compare a variable to an expected value and see if the variable conforms or not to our expectations. Each of these expectations conforms a rule. Within a rule:

  • We will call the variable compare, and call the expected value to.
  • We will also need a name to describe what compare stands for.

The most basic teishi rules have this form: [name, compare, to].

The simplest rule

Take this rule from example1 above:

['counter', counter, 'integer']

This rule enforces that counter will be of type integer. If this rule is not fulfulled, teishi will return the following error message: counter should have as type "integer" but instead has value VALUE and type TYPE. (with VALUE and TYPE being the value and the type of counter, respectively).

Things to notice here:

  • The whole rule is an array with three elements.
  • The name field is 'counter'.
  • The compare field is whatever the value of counter is.
  • The to field is 'integer'.

The multi operator

Let's take a slightly more complex rule, also from example1:

['callback', callback, ['function', 'undefined'], 'oneOf']

This rule enforces that callback will be either of type function or undefined.

Things to notice here:

  • The to field is an array with two strings, function and undefined. This is because we have two possible to values we accept.
  • We add a fourth element to the rule, the string 'oneOf'. This addition ensures that compare should conform to one of the to values.

'oneOf' is an instance of the multi operator, which allows you to do one-to-many comparisons ('oneOf'), many-to-one comparisons ('each') and many-to-many comparisons ('eachOf'). These are the three possible values for the multi operator:

  • 'oneOf': when you have a single compare and two or more accepting values, like in the example we just saw.
  • 'each': when you have many compare values and a single accepting value. For example, if we want to check that strings is an array of strings, we write the rule: ['strings', strings, 'string', 'each']
  • 'eachOf': this variant combines both 'each' and 'oneOf', and it compares multiple compare values to multiple to values. For example, if we want to check that input is an array made of strings or integers, we write the rule: ['input', input, ['string', 'integer'], 'eachOf'].

If no multi operator is present, the rule just compares a single compare value to a single to value.

The test operator

Notice that so far, we've only checked the type of compare. Let's see how we can check, for example, its actual value.

Let's take this rule from example2 above:

['action', action, ['create', 'read', 'update', 'delete'], 'oneOf', teishi.test.equal]

In this rule, we state that action should be either 'create', 'read', 'update' or 'delete'.

Things to notice here:

  • As in the previous example, to is an array of values.
  • Also as in the previous example, the multi operator is 'oneOf', since we want compare to be equal to one of 'create', 'read', 'update' and 'delete'.
  • In contrast to the previous example, we set the test function to teishi.test.equal, which is one of the five test functions bundled with teishi.

In any rule, you can add a multi operator, a test function, or both of them, in any order you prefer, as long as they are after the three mandatory elements of the rule (name, compare and to).

Test functions

teishi comes bundled with five test functions.

teishi.test.type

teishi.test.type is the default test function (in these days of dynamic typing, it is remarkable how much we want our inputs to conform to certain types). This function will check the type of any input and return a string with one of the following values:

  • 'integer'
  • 'float'
  • 'nan'
  • 'infinity'
  • 'object'
  • 'array'
  • 'regex'
  • 'date'
  • 'null'
  • 'function'
  • 'undefined'
  • 'string'

Type detection is different to the native typeof operator in two ways:

  • We distinguish between object, array, regex, date and null (all of which return object using typeof).
  • We distinguish between types of numbers: nan, infinity, integer and float (all of which return number using typeof).

Please remember that you cannot use 'number' as a type since teishi requires more specificity. Instead use one of 'integer', 'float', 'nan' or 'infinity'.

teishi.test.equal

teishi.test.equal checks that two elements are equal, using the === operator.

In javascript, when you compare complex objects (arrays and objects), the language does not compare that the value of the two objects is the same, but rather that both objects are the same object.

What this means is that if you compare (for example) two arrays with the same values, you will get a false value.

[1, 2, 3] === [1, 2, 3] // returns false

Whereas if you do:

var array = [1, 2, 3];
array === array // returns true

In practice, most often you will want to compare whether the values of two arrays or objects are equal.

As a result, teishi.test.equal will compare the values of two objects or arrays and will return true if their values are equal (and false if they are not). This kind of comparison is often named deep equality.

['input', [1, 2, 3], [1, 2, 3], teishi.test.equal] // this will return true

Historical note: in a previous version of teishi, teishi.test.equal was the default test function, until after dutifully writing teishi.test.type in my teishi rules a few hundred times I realized that type checking was 5-10 times more prevalent than equality checks.

teishi.test.notEqual

teishi.test.notEqual is just like teishi.test.equal, but will return true if two things are different (and false otherwise).

One very important caveat: if you use the oneOf or eachOf operator with this test function, you will probably not get the results you want. Take the following example:

  ['not a stooge', name, ['moe', 'larry', 'curly'], 'oneOf', teishi.test.notEqual] // this will return true even if name is `moe`, `larry` or `curly`.

Even if name is 'moe', this will still be true because 'moe' is not equal to 'larry' or 'curly'. To achieve what you want, you can rewrite this rule as follows:

  ['not a stooge', ['moe', 'larry', 'curly'], name, 'each', teishi.test.notEqual] // this won't let `moe` through

However, this is but a workaround, since the error message will look a bit strange. Because how multi operators work, negations against a set cannot be expressed directly. If you're experiencing a problem with this, please open an issue.

teishi.test.range

teishi.test.range checks that compare is in a certain range. This function is useful for testing the range of numbers.

We've already used this function in example2 above:

[['limit', 'page size'], limit, {min: 0, max: 100}, teishi.test.range]

Here, we ensure that limit can be 0, 100 or any number in between.

min and max allow the compare value to be equal to them. In mathematical terms, they determine a closed line segment.

If we want limit to be between 0 and 100, but we don't want it to be 0 or 100, we write:

[['limit', 'page size'], limit, {more: 0, less: 100}, teishi.test.range]

more and less don't allow the compare value to be equal to them. In mathematical terms, they determine an open line segment.

If you are using teishi.test.range, a valid to value is an object with one or more of the following keys: min, max, less, more.

Notice that you can mix open and closed operators. For example:

[['limit', 'page size'], limit, {min: 0, less: 100}, teishi.test.range]

This rule will allow limit to be 0 but it won't allow it to be 100.

teishi.test.match

teishi.test.match checks that compare is a string that matches the regex specified in the to field.

For example, imagine we want a certain identifier to be a string of at least one character composed only of letters and numbers. We can determine this by using the following rule:

[['identifier', 'alphanumeric string'], identifier, /^[0-9a-zA-Z]+$/, teishi.test.match]

If compare is not a string and to is not a regex, a proper error message will be displayed.

Writing your own test functions

Although the five functions above will take you surprisingly far, you may need to write your own test functions. While this is certainly possible and encouraged, it is an advanced topic that deserves its own section.

Two names instead of one

Notice this rule, which we've already seen before:

[['limit', 'page size'], limit, {min: 0, max: 100}, teishi.test.range]

Here, name (the first element of the rule) is not a string, but rather an array with two strings. The purpose of the second string is to provide a verbal description of the to field.

In this case, if limit was out of range, you would get the following error message:

limit should be in range {min: 0, max: 100} (page size) but instead is LIMIT, where LIMIT is the actual value of limit.

Why didn't we do this for every rule? In practice, the to field is usually self-explanatory. When this is not the case, use two names instead of one. The second name will give additional information about the to value.

From now on we will refer to name as names.

All you need to know about multi

There are a few things we haven't explained about the multi operator.

Let's first state a few definitions:

  • simple value: anything that is neither an array, nor an object, nor undefined
  • complex value: an array or an object
  • empty value: either undefined or an empty complex array or object

What happens if compare or to are objects instead of arrays?

If you use an object instead of an array and multi goes through each of its elements, teishi will ignore the keys of the object and only take into account its values. For example, these two rules are equivalent:

['length of input', input.length, [1, 2, 3], 'oneOf', teishi.test.equal]
['length of input', input.length, {cant: 1, touch: 2, this: 3}, 'oneOf', teishi.test.equal]

What happens if compare is a simple value and you set multi to 'each' or 'eachOf'?

If multi is set to 'each' or 'eachOf', this is the same as setting compare to an array with a single element. For example, these two rules will be the same.

['input', 1, 'integer', 'each']
['input', [1], 'integer', 'each']

What happens if to is a simple value and you set multi to 'oneOf' or 'eachOf'?

Same than above, to will be treated as an array with one element. For example, these two rules are equivalent:

['input', input, 'integer', 'oneOf']
['input', input, ['integer'], 'oneOf']

What happens if compare is an empty value and you set multi to 'each' or 'eachOf'?

If compare is empty and multi is either 'each' or 'eachOf', teishi assumes that there are no values to compare, so there cannot be possibly a source of error. Hence, it will always return true. Here are examples of rules that will always return true:

['input', undefined, 'integer', 'each']
['input', [], 'integer', 'each']
['input', {}, 'integer', 'each']

What happens if to is an empty value and you set multi to 'oneOf' or 'eachOf'?

If to is empty and multi is either 'oneOf' or 'eachOf', teishi assumes that there are no values that compare can match, so there cannot be any possible way to pass the test. Hence, it will always return false, plus an error message. Here are examples of rules that will always return false:

['input', input, undefined, 'oneOf']
['input', input, [], 'oneOf']
['input', input, {}, 'oneOf']

Summary: teishi simple rules expressed as teishi rules

To sum up what a teishi simple rule is, let's express it in terms of teishi simple rules!

A teishi simple rule is an array.

['teishi simple rule', rule, 'array']

The rule can have three to five elements.

['length of teishi simple rule', rule.length, {min: 3, max: 5}, teishi.test.range],

The names of the rule must be either a string or an array.

['rule name', rule [0], ['string', 'array'], 'oneOf']

If names is an array, it must have length 2 and only contain strings.

['rule name', rule [0].length, 2, teishi.test.equal]
['rule name', rule [0], 'string', 'each']

compare and to can be anything, so we don't have to write any validation rules for them!

The fourth element of the rule can be either the multi operator or a test function. Also, it can be undefined.

['rule options', rule [3], ['string', 'function', 'undefined'], 'oneOf']

Same thing with the fifth element.

['rule options', rule [4], ['string', 'function', 'undefined'], 'oneOf']

If the fourth element of the rule is a string, it needs to be a valid multi operator.

['multi operator', rule [3], ['each', 'oneOf', 'eachOf'], 'oneOf', teishi.test.equal]

Same with the fifth element of the rule, in case it is a string.

['multi operator', rule [4], ['each', 'oneOf', 'eachOf'], 'oneOf', teishi.test.equal]

If both the fourth and the fifth element are defined, they have to be of different types (one being a string, the other a function).

[['type of multi operator', 'type of test function'], teishi.t (rule [3]), teishi.t (rule [4]), teishi.test.notEqual],

Complex rules

There are four kinds of complex rules in teishi. Let's take a look at them.

Nested rules

A nested teishi rule is an array containing teishi rules. If a, b and c are teishi rules, all of these are valid teishi rules:

[a, b, c]
[[a, b, c]]
[[a], b, c]

(any other concoction of arrays and a, b, c that you can imagine)

If you check example1 through example3 above, you will notice that the rule passed to the main teishi functions receive an array enclosing many rules. That enclosing array is a nested rule.

A nested rule is just a sequence of rules. When teishi finds a complex rule, it will first test the first rule inside it. If the rule is valid, it will then proceed to the next rule. Otherwise, it will return false and display the proper error message.

Boolean rules

If teishi finds a boolean (true or false) in place of a rule, it will interpret this result as either a valid or an invalid result. This is useful when you want to reuse your validation functions.

For example, imagine you have a function validateWidget that returns true if a widget is valid and false otherwise.

If you want to validate a widget as part of the validations on a certain function, you can write the following:

function validateSomething (widget, ...) {
   if (teishi.stop ([
      // a rule here...
      // another rule here...
      validateWidget (widget),
      // more rules here...
   ])) return false;

When validateSomething is invoked, validateWidget (widget) will be evaluated to either true or false, so that when teishi encounters the rule, it will be a simple boolean which can make it either stop or proceed.

Function guards

Imagine that you want to validate a certain array. You want array to be an array, and you want it to have a length of 3. So you write the following rules:

['array', array, 'array']
['array length', array.length, 3, teishi.test.equal]

However, if array is not an array, instead of getting a nice teishi error, you will get an exception! For example, if array is null, you will get an exception that says something like: TypeError: Cannot read property 'length' of null.

Because of how javascript works, as soon as teishi receives those two rules, javascript replaces array by null in the first rule and array by null.length in the second rule. Of course, this last replacement yields an exception, because null has no method length.

To prevent this, we want javascript to evaluate the elements of a rule only when teishi is about to use that rule. To do this, we wrap the potentially dangerous rules in a function. The function effectively guards the rules to be evaluated before we know it is safe to do so.

When teishi finds a function, it executes it and then considers the result as a rule. So, we can express these two rules as follows:

['array', array, 'array']
function () {
   return ['array length', array.length, 3, teishi.test.equal]
}

If array is null, when teishi is evaluating the first rule, it will find the type discrepancy, return false and report the problem. The second rule, wrapped in a function, will never be evaluated, and in this way no exceptions will be generated.

Now, how can we know which are potentially dangerous rules? All dangerous rules can potentially raise exceptions because of a mismatch between the expected and the actual type of the compare field. More specifically, exceptions can be raised when:

  • compare references an element of an array (for example input [0]) but the expected array is not of type array.
  • compare references a property of an object (for example input.limit) but the expected object is not of type object.
  • compare invokes a method that is supported on a certain type (for example, length, which is supported for strings and arrays) but then the expected element is not of the expected type and hence does not support the method.

Function guards make teishi rules more verbose and they are not easy to grasp at first. And, as you can notice from the examples above, they have to be employed very often.

On the flip side, you will quickly learn where to write them and also quickly you will learn to ignore them while reading a set of rules.

Conditional rules

Conditional rules allow you to enforce certain teishi rules only when a condition is met. Let's see an example:

[teishi.t (input) === 'array', [
   function () {
      return ['input.length', input.length, 3, teishi.test.equal]
   },
   ['items of input', input, 'string', 'each']
]]

teishi.t is a simple function that returns the type of a value. When teishi is invoked, the expression teishi.t (input) === 'array' will be replaced by true or false, depending on the type of input.

When teishi encounters a rule with the form [boolean, array], teishi will only use the rules contained in array only if boolean is true. If the boolean is false, teishi will skip the rules contained in array.

In the example above, if input is an array, teishi will execute the two rules contained in the array (one of them is contained in a function guard as well!). If input is of another type, these rules will be ignored.

Let's see another example:

[
   options.port !== undefined,
   ['options.port', options.port, {min: 1, max: 65536}, teishi.test.range]
]

As you can see, if options.port is not undefined, the rule that specifies that options.port should be between 1 and 65536 will be enforced. If options.port is undefined, the rule will be ignored.

To sum up, a conditional rule:

  • Is a nested rule.
  • Contains exactly two rules.
  • The first rule is something that evaluates to a boolean (usually a function call or a comparison).
  • The second rule is an array (which can be either a nested rule or a simple rule).

When you use boolean rules (because you are using another validation function as a teishi rule), you must be careful of conditional capture. Conditional capture happens when you want to express two teishi rules in succession, but teishi thinks that you are using a conditional.

Let's see an example of conditional capture:

[
   validateWidget (widget),
   ['sprocket', sprocket, 'object']
]

In your eyes, this is a nested rule containing two simple rules. However, since the nested rule is composed of two rules, the first a boolean and the second an array, teishi will interpret this a conditional. Which means that if validateWidget (widget) returns false, not only it won't return false, but it will also ignore the next rule! This is dangerous because if the first rule is not met, not only teishi won't stop, but it will also ignore the next rule.

Although validateWidget will print an error message, teishi will proceed as if no errors had been reported.

To avoid conditional capture, you need to bear in mind the following rule:

When writing a nested rule of length 2 where the first rule is a boolean, wrap the second rule in a function guard.

[
   validateWidget (widget),
   function () {return ['sprocket', sprocket, 'object']}
]

By doing this, teishi will interpret the rule as a normal nested rule.

This hack has the added benefit of further dignifying the other hack (function guards).

Summary: teishi rules expressed as teishi rules

Now that we know complex rules, we can write a teishi rule that validates teishi rules!

[
   ['teishi rule', rule, ['function', 'boolean', 'array'], 'oneOf'],
   [teishi.t (rule) === 'array', [
      function () {
         return [
            [<conditional which will be true if this is a simple rule>, [
               ['teishi simple rule', rule, 'array'],
               ['length of teishi simple rule', rule.length, {min: 3, max: 5}, teishi.test.range],
               ['rule name', rule [0], ['string', 'array'], 'oneOf'],
               [teishi.t (rule [0]) === 'array', [
                  function () {return ['rule name', rule [0].length, 2, teishi.test.equal]},
                  ['rule name', rule [0], 'string', 'each'],
               ]],
               ['rule options', rule [3], ['string', 'function', 'undefined'], 'oneOf'],
               ['rule options', rule [4], ['string', 'function', 'undefined'], 'oneOf'],
               [teishi.t (rule [3]) === 'string', ['multi operator', rule [3], ['each', 'oneOf', 'eachOf'], 'oneOf', teishi.test.equal]],
               [teishi.t (rule [4]) === 'string', ['multi operator', rule [4], ['each', 'oneOf', 'eachOf'], 'oneOf', teishi.test.equal]],
               [rule [3] !== undefined && rule [4] !== undefined, [
                  [['type of multi operator', 'type of test function'], teishi.t (rule [3]), teishi.t (rule [4]), teishi.test.notEqual],
               ]],
            ]]
         ]
      }
   ]]
]

And there it is! This teishi rule will verify that any teishi rule is indeed valid. As a matter of fact, we will use this rule in example.js to validate teishi rules. The only thing I haven't specified here is the intricate conditional which I use to distinguish a simple rule from a nested one.

I wish I could use this code in teishi proper, but we can't because we need to write teishi without teishi. Such are the demands of bootstrapping. To see how teishi actually validates its input, please refer to the annotated source below.

teishi main functions

teishi.v

teishi.v is a function that receives three arguments:

  • functionName, a string. This argument is optional.
  • rule, which is a teishi rule (simple or complex). This argument is required.
  • apres, an optional argument that can be set to either true or a function.

rule is a simple or complex teishi rule. We've already explained these in the previous two sections.

teishi.v will test that the rule (including any sub-rules nested within it) are enforced for the given input. If any rule returns false, of them fails, the function does two things:

  • Report an error.
  • Return false.

The canonical usage example of teishi.v is to create validation functions. For example:

function validateWidget (widget) {
   return teishi.v (['widget', widget, 'object']);
}

The function above will return true if widget is an object, and false otherwise.

The purpose of functionName is to provide the name of the calling function to the error messages, to locate errors more easily. For example:

function validateWidget (widget) {
   return teishi.v ('validateWidget', ['widget', widget, 'object']);
}

If validateWidget receives a widget that is not an object, teishi.v will print the following error:

widget passed to validateWidget should have as type object but instead is WIDGET with type WIDGETTYPE

If functionName hadn't been specified, the error message would be:

widget should have as type object but instead is WIDGET with type WIDGETTYPE

Finally, let's explain apres. apres is a variable that determines what is to be done if teishi.v finds an error.

When apres is set to true, if teishi.v finds an error, instead of reporting it and returning false, it returns the error message itself. By doing this, you let the function calling teishi.v to capture the error message and decide if it should be printed or not to the user. Sometimes it is useful to use teishi's machinery to to find out whether a given condition is matched or not, without having to report an error. I had to use this functionality in lith, when checking whether a given input was of a certain kind or of some other kind. If it belonged to neither kind, the error message would be reported, otherwise it wouldn't.

For certain situations, you might want to do some other thing with the error message. For example, if you are validation an HTTP request, you might want to write the error into the response object. This is where you can set apres to a function that receives the error as its sole argument:

function (request, response) {
   teishi.v (['id', response.body.id, 'integer'], function (error) {
      response.end (error);
   });
}

In the case above, the error will not be printed to the console, but rather it will be written to the response.

teishi.stop

teishi.stop takes the same arguments as teishi.v.

The main difference between teishi.v and this function is that when teishi.stop finds an error, it returns true and when it finds no errors, it returns false. Let's state it again: teishi.stop returns FALSE if there were NO validation errors.

teishi.stop exists because of the following pattern:

if (teishi.stop ('myFunction', [
   // here be rules
   // and more rules
])) return false;

teishi already does two things for us: a) multiple comparisons; b) automatic error messages. The final thing we need to do to have properly auto-activated code is to return false when we find an error. If we were to do this with teishi.v, you would use the following pattern:

if (teishi.v ('myFunction', [
   // here be rules
   // and more rules
]) === false) return false;

Or this other pattern, which is shorter but error-prone:

if (! teishi.v ('myFunction', [
   // here be rules
   // and more rules
])) return false;

Thanks to teishi.stop, we can get rid of the === false or the ! in the examples above. There is no way, however, to get rid of the conditional wrapping the call to teishi.stop, nor a way of omitting the return false. The above pattern is the most succint auto-activation code you can get from teishi.

If apres set to true and a validation error is found, the error will be lost, since teishi.stop only returns true or false. This is useful for when you want to check the absence of a condition, but you don't consider this absence to be an error, just a result that will control the flow of your program. Here's an example.

If apres is set to a function and a validation error is found, you can still do something meaningful with the error. For example:

function (request, response) {
   if (teishi.stop (['id', response.body.id, 'integer'], function (error) {
      response.end (error);
   })) return false;
}

Helper functions

teishi relies on ten helper functions which can also be helpful beyond the domain of error checking. You can use these functions directly in your code.

teishi.t

teishi.t (short for teishi.type) takes an argument and returns a string indicating the value of that argument.

The purpose of teishi.t is to create an improved version of typeof. The improvements are two:

  • Distinguish between types of numbers: nan, infinity, integer and float (all of which return number in typeof).
  • Distinguish between array, date, null, regex and object (all of which return object in typeof).

The possible types of a value can be grouped into three:

  • Values which typeof detects appropriately: boolean, string, undefined, function.
  • Values which typeof considers number: nan, infinity, integer, float.
  • values which typeof considers object: array, date, null, regex and object.

If you pass true as a second argument, type will distinguish between plain objects (ie: object literals) and other objects. If you pass an object that belongs to a class, type will return the lowercased class name instead.

The clearest example of this is the arguments object:

type (arguments)        // returns 'object'
type (arguments, true)  // returns 'arguments'

teishi.s and teishi.p

Two very useful javascript functions, JSON.stringify and JSON.parse, throw an exception if they receive an invalid input.

In keeping with the principle of exception-less code, teishi provides two wrappers to these functions:

  • teishi.s, which wraps JSON.stringify.
  • teishi.p, which wraps JSON.parse.

If they receive invalid input, these two functions will return false instead of throwing an exception. If the input is valid, they will return the output of JSON.stringify and JSON.parse, respectively.

teishi.simple and teishi.complex

teishi.simple takes an input and returns true if it's a simple object (anything but an array or an object).

teishi.complex takes an input and returns true if it's a complex object (array or object).

teishi.c

teishi.c (short for teishi.copy) takes a complex input (either an array or an object) and returns a copy.

This function is useful when you want to pass an array or object to a function that will modify it and you want the array or object in question to remain modified outside of the scope of that function. javascript passes objects and arrays by reference, so in this case you need to copy the array or object to avoid side effects.

If input has any circular references, teishi.c will replace them with a string with the form '[Circular]'.

If input is (or contains) an arguments pseudo-array, it will be copied into a standard array.

teishi.eq

teishi.eq (short for teishi.equal) takes two elements and returns true if they are equal and false otherwise. This function is mostly useful for comparing whether two arrays or objects contain the same things, despite being occupying distinct locations in memory. The rules for equality are as follows:

  • If both arguments are simple, the strict equality check is used (===).
  • If both arguments are complex, 1) their types must be the same (as per teishi.t); 2) their keys must be the same; and 3) the values for each of the keys must fulfill the same equality conditions, whether they are simple or complex.

teishi.last

teishi.last takes an array as input and returns its last element. If you pass an argument that is not an array, an error will be printed through teishi.l and the function will return false.

This function can also receive an arguments pseudo-array.

teishi.time

A function that returns the current date in milliseconds. If you pass a single argument to it, the date will be constructed with that argument instead of representing the current date.

teishi.l

teishi.l (short for teishi.log) serves the noble purpose of printing output to the console. All teishi functions print error messages through this function.

Why use teishi.l instead of console.log?

  • Output comes in pretty colors, thanks to cutting edge 1980s technology.
  • Complex values (arrays and objects) are expanded, so you can print nested objects without having to stringify them.
  • It prints a timestamp that can be helpful when profiling or debugging code.
  • You save three keystrokes every time you invoke this function.
  • Defaults to alert for very old browsers that don't support console.log.

teishi.l takes one or more arguments, of any type. If the first argument is a string, and there's more than one argument passed to teishi.l, the first argument will be treated as a label, which is just some text with a different background color, followed by a colon (:).

It is important to notice that colorized output will only be present in node.js, since there's no standard way of giving format to the javascript console in browsers.

If you want to send the output of teishi.l to a logfile, the color codes will bother you. In this case, invoke once teishi.lno (short for log with no colors), which will turn off all colorized output for any subsequent invocation to teishi.l.

Custom test functions

What if the five test functions provided with teishi are not enough? Well, you can write your own custom test functions! Earlier I mentioned that this is an advanced topic. However, if you've made it through the readme, you are ready to do this.

To dispel your fears, here's the code of teishi.test.type, the most useful test function in teishi:

teishi.test.type = teishi.makeTest (
   function (a, b) {return teishi.t (a) === b},
   ['should have as type', ['with type', teishi.t]]
);

To create a test function, you need to invoke the function teishi.makeTest. This function takes two arguments:

  • fun, a function that takes two arguments and returns true or false. These two arguments will be, as you might imagine, the compare and the to of each rule.
  • clauses, which can be one of the following:
    • a string (shouldClause).
    • an array containing a shouldClause.
    • an array containing a shouldClause and a finalClause.

shouldClause is required, but finalClause is optional. In fact, of all five teishi test functions, only teishi.test.type uses a finalClause.

The shouldClause is the string that teishi will use to specify what kind of validation error was encountered. For example, the shouldClause of teishi.test.type is 'should have as type'. In the error message below, the shouldClause is responsible for the bolded text:

input should have as type integer but instead is INPUT with type INPUTTYPE

The finalClause is responsible for the final part of the error message. It is displayed at the end of the error, after the compare value. For example, in teishi.test.type, the finalClause is ['with type', teishi.t]. In the error message below, the finalClause is responsible for the bolded text:

input should have as type integer but instead is INPUT with type INPUTTYPE

The finalClause can be any of the following:

  • undefined
  • a string or function
  • an array containing one or more strings/functions

When you place a function in the finalClause, that function will be evaluated with compare and to as its arguments. This is why we put teishi.t in the finalClause, so that teishi.t will receive compare as argument and return its type.

Earlier I said that fun can return either true or false, depending on the result of the validation. However, what happens if fun receives invalid arguments altogether? In this case, fun can return a special error message, in the form of an array containing text.

To illustrate this, let's take at look at the slightly more intimidating teishi.test.match:

teishi.test.match = teishi.makeTest (function (a, b) {
   if (teishi.t (a) !== 'string') {
      return ['Invalid comparison string passed to teishi.test.match. Comparison string must be of type string but instead is', a, 'with type', teishi.t (a)];
   }
   if (teishi.t (b) !== 'regex') {
      return ['Invalid regex passed to teishi.test.match. Regex must be of type regex but instead is', b, 'with type', teishi.t (b)];
   }
   return a.match (b) !== null;
}, 'should match');

As you can see, if teishi.test.match receives a compare field that is not a string, or a to field that is not a regex, the fun will return custom error messages that are more illustrative than the standard one.

When teishi invokes fun, it will treat both false and a custom error message as indication that the test failed. The only difference between false and an error message is that when false is returned, the standard error message will be printed, whereas if an error is returned, the error itself will be printed.

The purpose of returning a custom error message is because this kind of error implies a programming error on the way that the teishi rules were written. If, for example, teishi.test.match is invoked with a non-string argument, this is because your function didn't check the type of the input before. For this category of errors, the default error message would be misleading, so that's why we print custom errors.

For more information, please refer to the annotated source code below, where I describe teishi.makeTest and all the test functions in detail.

Source code

The complete source code is contained in teishi.js. It is about 400 lines long.

Below is the annotated source.

/*
teishi - v4.0.0

Written by Federico Pereiro (fpereiro@gmail.com) and released into the public domain.

Please refer to readme.md to read the annotated source.
*/

Setup

We wrap the entire file in a self-executing anonymous function. This practice is commonly named the javascript module pattern. The purpose of it is to wrap our code in a closure and hence avoid making the local variables we define here to be available outside of this module. A cursory test indicates that local variables exceed the scope of a file in the browser, but not in node.js. Globals exceed their scope despite this pattern - but we won't be using them.

(function () {

Since this file must run both in the browser and in node.js, we define a variable isNode to check where we are. The exports object only exists in node.js.

   var isNode = typeof exports === 'object';

We require dale.

   var dale   = isNode ? require ('dale') : window.dale;

This is the most succinct form I found to export an object containing all the public members (functions and constants) of a javascript module.

   if (isNode) var teishi = exports;
   else        var teishi = window.teishi = {};

indexOf polyfill

To provide compatibility with older browsers, teishi provides its own indexOf polyfill for arrays. If the method is already defined (as it will be on any ES5 compatible browser), the polyfill won't be set. You can also override it by loading your own polyfill before loading teishi.

The function takes two arguments, element and fromIndex.

   if (! Array.prototype.indexOf) Array.prototype.indexOf = function (element, fromIndex) {

Within the function, this will refer to the array on which we're applying the operation. We iterate its elements using dale.stopNot, stopping when we find the first value that is not undefined.

      var result = dale.stopNot (this, undefined, function (v, k) {

If fromIndex is present and it is larger than the index of the element currently being scanned, we ignore the element.

         if (fromIndex && k < fromIndex) return;

If we found an element in the array that is equal to element, we return the index.

         if (element === v) return k;
      });

If result is undefined, we could not find element, so we return -1. Otherwise, we return result which contains the index ofelement within the array. There's nothing else, so we close the function.

      return result === undefined ? -1 : result;
   }

Helper functions

We start by defining teishi.t, by far the most useful function of the bunch. This function is inspired on Douglas Crockford's remedial type function.

The purpose of teishi.t is to create an improved version of typeof. The improvements are two:

  • Distinguish between object, array, regex, date and null (all of which return object in typeof).
  • Distinguish between types of numbers: nan, infinity, integer and float (all of which return number in typeof).

Before we define teishi.t, we define argdetect, a local variable that will be true in most javascript engines. In Internet Explorer 8 and below, however, it is not possible to get the type of the prototype of an arguments pseudo-array, hence the definition of this variable (which will be used in type and also once more later).

The variable gets its value from a self-execution anonymous function. We need to do this since the arguments pseudo-array is only defined in the context of a function.

   var argdetect = (function () {return Object.prototype.toString.call (arguments).match ('arguments')}) ();

teishi.t takes a single argument (of any type, naturally) and returns a string which can be any of: nan, infinity, integer, float, array, object, function, string, regex, date, null and undefined.

If we pass a truthy second argument to teishi.t, and input turns out to be an object, teishi.t will return the lowercased name of the class of the object (which, for example, can be object for object literals, arguments for arguments pseudo-arrays, and other, user-created classes).

   teishi.t = function (value, objectType) {

We first apply typeof to value.

      var type = typeof value;

In Safari 5 and below, typeof returns function for regexes, so we need to perform instead a check using Object.prototype.toString.

      if (type === 'function') return Object.prototype.toString.call (value).match (/regexp/i) ? 'regex' : 'function';

Except for the exception of regexes in Safari we just saw above, teishi.t will only a result different from typeof if type is neither object nor number. If it's not the case, we return the type.

      if (type !== 'object' && type !== 'number') return type;

If value fulfills the condition above, it is an array. Hence, we return array.

      if (value instanceof Array) return 'array';

If type is number, we distinguish between nan, infinity, integer and float.

      if (type === 'number') {
         if      (isNaN (value))      return 'nan';
         else if (! isFinite (value)) return 'infinity';
         else if (value % 1 === 0)    return 'integer';
         else                         return 'float';
      }

We test whether value is null.

      if (value === null) return 'null';

If we're here, type is object, so now we want to find out which kind of object we're dealing with. We will do the following:

  • Stringify value through the function Object.prototype.toString and assign it to type.
  • type will now be a string of the form '[object CLASSNAME]', where CLASSNAME is what we're looking for.
  • We get rid of everything but the CLASSNAME, and we lowercase the result.
      type = Object.prototype.toString.call (value).replace ('[object ', '').replace (']', '').toLowerCase ();

Now, if type is array or date, we simply return the type. And if type is regexp, we return regex instead.

      if (type === 'array' || type === 'date') return type;
      if (type === 'regexp') return 'regex';

You may ask: why did we check for array, if we already covered this case before? If an array is created in a different frame, the instanceof check will fail, so the check above is a good fallback. The reason we use both checks is that the latter check is considerably slower than the instanceof check, so we use it as a failover.

Now, if the function received a truthy second argument, we want to return the exact class name of this object. In that case, we return type. Otherwise, we just return object.

Notice however that if argdetect is false (which means we're in Internet Explorer 8 and below), we will perform an extra check on value.callee - if it is of type function, we consider the object to be an arguments pseudo-array; there's no other way to check for this type, to the best of my knowledge.

      if (objectType) return argdetect ? type : (type (value.callee) === 'function' ? 'arguments' : type);

After this, there's nothing left to do, so we close the function.

      return 'object';
   }

teishi.s and teishi.p are wrappers around JSON.stringify and JSON.parse, respectively. The only difference between these functions and their JSON counterparts is that if they receive invalid output, they will return false instead of throwing an exception.

   teishi.s = function () {
      try {return JSON.stringify.apply (JSON.stringify, arguments)}
      catch (error) {return false}
   }

   teishi.p = function () {
      try {return JSON.parse.apply (JSON.parse, arguments)}
      catch (error) {return false}
   }

teishi.simple and teishi.complex return false/true (respectively) if their input is a complex value (array or object) and true/false otherwise.

   teishi.simple = function (input) {
      var type = teishi.t (input);
      return type !== 'array' && type !== 'object';
   }

   teishi.complex = function (input) {
      return ! teishi.simple (input);
   }

teishi.c does two things: 1) copy an input; 2) eliminate any circular references within the copied input.

The "public" interface of the function (if we allow that distinction, since in practice the user can pass extra arguments) takes a single argument, the input we want to copy. However, we define a private argument (seen) that the function will use to pass information to recursive calls.

This function is recursive. On recursive calls, input won't represent the input that the user passed to the function, but rather one of the elements that are contained within the original input.

   teishi.c = function (input, seen) {

If input is not an array or object, we just return the input itself.

      if (teishi.simple (input)) return input;

If we're here, we know our object is complex. We detect the inputType of input. What we want to know here is if we're dealing with an array, an object, or an arguments pseudo-array - we want to treat the latter as an array.

We initialize the output variable to either an empty array or object, depending on the type of input.

      var inputType = teishi.t (input, true);
      var output    = inputType === 'array' || inputType === 'arguments' ? [] : {};

We iterate through the elements of input.

      dale.go (input, function (v, k) {

If v is neither an array nor an object, we set output [k] to v and return from this inner function.

         if (teishi.simple (v)) return output [k] = v;

If we're here, v is a complex object itself.

seen is a list of references to objects/arrays that are parents of the current element (v) we are iterating. The first time we invoke this function, seen is undefined, so we initialize it to [input]. If seen already exists, we copy it (through the concat function, which returns a copy of the array to which it is applied).

We store the seen array in a new local variable named Seen.

         var Seen = seen ? seen.concat () : [input];

If the element currently being iterated has already been seen, we found a circular reference! We set output [k] to a string of the form [Circular].

         if (Seen.indexOf (v) > -1) return output [k] = '[Circular]';

If we're here, v is not circular. We push it onto seen.

         Seen.push (v);

We do a recursive call to teishi.c, where the new input will be v itself. Note we pass a copy of path and append to it the key k. Note also we pass the seen array as well.

The result of this recursive call will be set to output [k].

This concludes the inner function.

         return output [k] = teishi.c (v, Seen);
      });

We return the output. There's nothing else to do, so we close the function.

      return output;
   }

teishi.eq is a function that checks for deep equality between objects. It takes two arguments.

   teishi.eq = function (a, b) {

If a and b are simple, we compare them with === and return the result.

      if (teishi.simple (a) && teishi.simple (b)) return a === b;

If we are here, at least one of the arguments is complex. If their type is different, we return false, since they can't be equal.

      if (teishi.t (a, true) !== teishi.t (b, true)) return false;

If we're here, both elements are complex and have the same type. We now compare their keys and check that they are exactly the same. To do this, instead of iterating the keys, we simply take all of them, sort them, stringify them and then compare them. If this comparison is not true, we know there is one key in one object that's not present in the other, hence we return false.

      if (teishi.s (dale.keys (a).sort ()) !== teishi.s (dale.keys (b).sort ())) return false;

We loop through the elements of a.

      return dale.stop (a, false, function (v, k) {

Here v is a given element of a, and k is the key of that element (if a is an array, k will be a number, and if a is an object, k will be a string). We invoke inner recursively passing it v and b [k], the latter being the corresponding element to v in b.

If a difference is found, this function will return false. If, however, both elements are either empty arrays or objects, the invocation to dale.stop will return undefined. In this case, they must be true, since they are elements of the same type with no elements, so we return true. At this point, there's nothing else to do, so we close the function.

         return teishi.eq (v, b [k]);
      }) === false ? false : true;
   }

We define teishi.last, which will return the last element of the array which it receives as its first argument.

This function will ignore all other arguments passed to it. If its first argument is not an array, we print an error and return false.

   teishi.last = function (a) {
      if (['array', 'arguments'].indexOf (teishi.t (a, true)) === -1) return teishi.l ('Input to teishi.last must be array or arguments but instead has type ' + teishi.t (a, true));
      return a [a.length - 1];
   }

We define teishi.time, which will return the current date in milliseconds. If you pass an argument to this function, it will be passed in turn to the internal invocation of new Date; in this way, you can get the timestamp of a date other than one representing the present moment.

   teishi.time = function (d) {return arguments.length ? new Date (d).getTime () : new Date ().getTime ()}

We define two local variables useful for teishi.l, defined below:

  • lastColor, a variable that holds the last ansi color used, so that it is not repeated twice in a row.
  • ansi, an object with several defaults for printing color to the console.
   var lastColor, ansi = {

The magic of teishi.l's colors is done through ANSI escape codes. We will define a local object ansi which will contain four functions.

ansi.bold will bold the text after it, ansi.end will remove all format from the text after it and ansi.white will make white the text after it. We define them to be functions instead of constants because this will enable an invocation to teishi.lno (defined below) to turn off formatting.

      end:   function () {return isNode ? '\033[0m'  : ''},
      bold:  function () {return isNode ? '\033[1m'  : ''},
      white: function () {return isNode ? '\033[37m' : ''},

Notice that if we are in the browser, all of these variables will contain an empty string.

We will use six colors in teishi: red, green, yellow, blue, magenta and cyan. We will skip white because it is too plain, and black because it is hard to read.

ansi.color is the function that will return the ANSI codes for coloring text using one of the six colors above, chosen randomly. If the function receives true as its argument, it will return a code for coloring the background of the text, which is useful for the label.

      color: function (reverse) {

If we are in the browser, we return an empty string.

         if (! isNode) return '';

We set a local variable color to the value of lastColor. We then set it to a number between 1 and 6, until it's different from lastColor. We then set lastColor to color. The purpose of this sequence is to ensure that lastColor changes to a new value between 1 and 6.

         var color = lastColor;
         while (lastColor === color) color = Math.round (Math.random () * 5 + 1);
         lastColor = color;

We return the corresponding ANSI codes for coloring either text or background, depending on whether reverse is set or not.

         return '\033[' + (reverse ? '4' : '3') + color + 'm';
      }
   }

We will now define teishi.l which is teishi's wrapper for console.log. The improvements are:

  • Colors.
  • Unlimited expansion of nested arrays and objects.
  • Time offset for profiling purposes.
  • More compact indentation/newline rules for printing nested objects.
  • Stringify functions and print their first 150 characters only.
  • Defaults to alert for very old browsers that don't support console.log.
   teishi.l = function () {

We define output, a string where we will append all the formatted text we want to print. We will initialize it to ansi.bold.

      var output = ansi.bold ();

We define a function inner that we will apply recursively to the arguments. The reason for writing a function here is that we want to recurse over complex elements, such as arrays and objects.

Notice the parenthesis before the function definition - we place it because this is a function expression, which allows for a named, recursive, and immediately executed function.

The function takes two arguments: input, the input to be printed, and depth, a numeric value that indicates the level of nestedness of the element being printed.

      (function inner (input, depth) {

We detect the type of input and store it in a local variable inputType. We also initialize depth to 0, if it is undefined. Finally, we initialize first to true; this variable will be useful to see if we're processing the first element of a complex element.

         var inputType = teishi.t (input), depth = depth || 0, first = true;

If input is an arguments pseudo-array, we will set inputType to 'array'.

         if (inputType === 'object' && Object.prototype.toString.call (input) === '[object Arguments]') inputType = 'array';

We define a local variable indent. If depth is less than 2, we don't want to indent anything, so we will set it to an empty string. Otherwise, we will set it to be a newline (\n) followed by (depth - 1) * 3 spaces (for example, if depth is 2, then indent will have 3 spaces).

         var indent = depth < 2 ? '' : '\n' + dale.go (dale.times (depth - 1), function (v) {return '   '}).join ('');

If depth is larger than 0, we add an opening [ or {, depending on whether inputType is array or object. Notice that this assumes that inputType is always either of these. Because of how we invoke this function the first time, and how we invoke it recursively, this will always be the case.

         if (depth > 0) {
            if (inputType === 'array')  output += ansi.white () + '[';
            else                        output += ansi.white () + '{';
         }

We now will iterate over the items of input.

         dale.go (input, function (v, k) {

For every item in output, we'll note its type.

            var typeV = teishi.t (v);

If a) we are in a non-recursive (initial) call to inner, b) we are iterating the first element of input and c) this element is either a string or an integer, we'll consider this element to be a label. Hence, we will:

  • Apply a special background color to it.
  • Place a trailing colon and ansi color codes to remove the background color and then set again the bold font.
  • Concatenate it to output.
  • Set first to true.
  • Exit this iteration (with return) since there's nothing else to do with this element.

In this case, we will return the label.

            if (depth === 0 && k === 0 && (typeV === 'string' || typeV === 'integer')) {
               first = false;
               return output += ansi.color (true) + v + ':' + ansi.end () + ansi.bold ();
            }

If this element is not the first one, we will concatenate either a space or a comma plus space, depending on whether depth is 0 or more. This is to separate contiguous elements within a complex structure. In every case, we set first to false, to mark that we have already seen the first element.

            if (! first) output += ansi.white () + (depth === 0 ? ' ' : ', ');
            first = false;

If the element being iterated is a string and we are in a recursive call to inner, we surround the element with single quotes. If we did this on the initial call to inner, the output of teishi.l ('Hey', 'there') would be 'Hey', 'there', whereas what we want is to get Hey there. Another way of seeing this is that we treat differently strings that are within objects or arrays.

            if (typeV === 'string' && depth > 0) v = "'" + v + "'";

If the element being iterated is a function we will do a few modifications to the value before concatenating it:

            if (typeV === 'function') {

We will convert the function to a string.

               v = v + '';

We will define baseIndent as the amount of space between the beginning of the last line and the last closing curly bracket of the function. We will then replace this space in the function with a single newline. Since baseIndent already includes a newline (because \s matches a newline as well), this will have the result of removing the base indent of the function.

               var baseIndent = v.match (/\s+(?=}$)/);
               if (baseIndent !== null) v = v.replace (new RegExp (baseIndent [0], 'g'), '\n');

Then, if it's length is more than 150 characters, we will slice it and then append ellipsis to it, plus a newline.

               if (v.length > 150) v = v.slice (0, 150) + '...\n';

Finally, if depth is more than 1, we will add indent to the beginning of each line. In the case where input is an object, however, we will add a few more whitespaces to indent, exactly as many as the key length plus two, so that functions are alignedP

// Without extra space:
fun: function () {
   // something
}

// With extra space:
fun: function () {
        // something
     }

Here's the code that adds indent to each line:

               if (depth > 1) v = v.replace (/\n/g, inputType === 'array' ? indent : ('\n' + (k + ': ').replace (/./g, ' ') + indent.slice (1)));
            }

We now append an invocation of ansi.color to output, to set the color that we will use for this particular element.

            output += ansi.color ();

If the element being iterated is an object, we also want to print its key k, using the format key: value.

Now, in javascript, the key of an object can be any string, but if you use a key that contains non-alphanumeric characters, you need to surround it by quotes to be able to use it without producing a syntax error.

// invalid
{
   !@#@&$*: 'wow'
}
// valid
{
   '!@#@&$*': 'wow'
}

Hence, if the element is an object, we will append to output the indent and also the key, surrounding it with quotes if it is non-alphanumeric, and appending a colon and a space.

            if (inputType === 'object') output += indent + (k.match (/^[0-9a-zA-Z_]+$/) ? k : "'" + k + "'") + ': ';

Now, if the element we're currently inspecting is also a complex entity, we will do a recursive call to inner, taking care to increase depth by 1.

            if (typeV === 'array' || typeV === 'object') inner (v, depth + 1);

Otherwise, we add v to output. If we're adding an element that belongs to an object, indent will be already placed (along with k) - this means we'll only need to place indent in the case where inputType is array.

After this, we're done with the subelements of input.

            else output += inputType === 'object' ? v : indent + v;
         });

If depth is larger than 0, we place the closing square or curly brackets, depending on inputType. Notice we also place the right amount of indentation and the ansi code for white text.

         if (depth > 0) {
            if (inputType === 'array')  output += (depth > 1 ? '\n' : '') + indent.slice (4) + ansi.white () + ']';
            if (inputType === 'object') output += (depth > 1 ? '\n' : '') + indent.slice (4) + ansi.white () + '}';
         }

We close inner and we immediately execute it, passing arguments as its first element. This means that the case where depth equals 0 will be when we pass arguments, which we interpret to be an array. Since inner is only called on complex objects, this is how we assure that inputType will always be an array or object.

Notice that we copy arguments. The reason for doing is is that we want to be able to print circular structures without falling into an infinite loop.

      }) (teishi.c (arguments));

By now, output will contain all the text we want to print, with proper colors and indentation. All that's left is to print it, in the following way:

  • The current UTC time, printed according to the format specified in RFC 2822. If the method is not defined (which happens in old browsers, we default to toString instead).
  • The colored output, which comes from passing arguments to inner.
  • ansi.end, to avoid coloring any subsequent output in the console.

Notice we use dale.clog instead of using console.log directly; this allows for printing an alert message in browsers that don't support console.log.

      var d = new Date ();
      dale.clog ('(' + d [d.toISOString ? 'toISOString' : 'toString'] () + ')', output + ansi.end ());

Finally we return false, since this allows calling functions to print an error and return false in the same line. For example: return teishi.l ('This is an error').

There's nothing else to do after this, so we close the function.

      return false;
   }

We add teishi.lno, a function that by setting isNode to false, will turn off coloring and formatting in all teishi output (and the output of other libraries that use teishi.l as well).

   teishi.lno = function () {isNode = false}

Test functions

teishi.makeTest is a function that will create test functions. The common elements of every test function are wired into this function. This simplifies the test functions.

The function receives two arguments, fun and clauses.

   teishi.makeTest = function (fun, clauses) {

If fun is not a function, we print an error and return false.

      if (teishi.t (fun) !== 'function') {
         return teishi.l ('teishi.makeTest', 'fun passed to teishi.makeTest should be a function but instead is', fun, 'with type', teishi.t (fun));
      }

clauses can be either a string (if we only specify a shouldClause or an array (which allows us to also specify a finalClause). To merge both cases into one, if clauses is a string we wrap it in an array.

      if (teishi.t (clauses) !== 'string') clauses = [clauses];

We check that clauses is an array and that clauses [0] is a string. If any of these checks fails, we print an error and return false.

      if (teishi.t (clauses) !== 'array') {
         return teishi.l ('teishi.makeTest', 'clauses argument passed to teishi.makeTest should be an array but instead is', clauses, 'with type', teishi.t (clauses));
      }
      if (teishi.t (clauses [0]) !== 'string') {
         return teishi.l ('teishi.makeTest', 'shouldClause passed to teishi.makeTest should be a string but instead is', clauses [0], 'with type', teishi.t (clauses [0]));
      }

If clauses [1] is not undefined and not an array, we wrap it in an array. We then ensure that it is composed of strings or functions. If that's not the case, we print an error and return false.

      if (clauses [1] !== undefined) {
         if (teishi.t (clauses [1]) !== 'array') clauses [1] = [clauses [1]];

         var clausesResult = dale.stopNot (clauses [1], true, function (v) {
            var type = teishi.t (v);
            if (type === 'string' || type === 'function') return true;
            return teishi.l ('teishi.makeTest', 'Each finalClause passed to teishi.makeTest should be a string or a function but instead is', v, 'with type', type);
         });
         if (clausesResult !== true) return;
      }

If we reach this point, both fun and clauses are valid. Below is the actual test function that will be returned by teishi.makeTest.

This function takes four to six arguments:

  • functionName, which is an (optional) argument that is passed to teishi.v and teishi.stop, used to identify the calling function.
  • names, the names of the compare and the to arguments, the latter being optional.
  • compare, the compared value.
  • to, the reference value.
  • eachValue, which is the original compare value in a rule that has multi set to 'each' or 'eachOf'.
  • ofValue, which is the original to value in a rule that has multi set to 'oneOf' or 'eachOf'.
      return function (functionName, names, compare, to, eachValue, ofValue) {

Notice there's no validation of the arguments in this function. This is for two reasons:

  • We already validated the input of teishi.makeTest above.
  • This function will be invoked directly by teishi.v and teishi.stop. We can trust that these two functions will pass their input in a trustworthy (error-free) way, so we don't validate inputs coming from them.

We create a local variable result where we store the result of applying the test to compare and to.

         var result = fun (compare, to);

If the test was valid, we return true. If the test returned an array, it is an error. We return it, since we will let teishi.v and teishi.stop take care of it.

         if (result === true) return true;
         if (teishi.t (result) === 'array') return result;

If we are here, result is equal to false. We found a validation error! Below we create an array which will contain the error message.

The block below, although tedious to read, is best explained by reading the code in detail. By adding these elements in order, we will have a specific error message, built from generic blocks.

Earlier versions of the library pushed the chunks of the error message into error. However, for performance reasons (because this function is executed every time an error is encountered and hence can be considered as part of the "inner loop" of teishi), we have opted to create an index variable and use it to append elements to error.

         var error = [], index = 0;
         if (eachValue !== undefined)  error [index++] = 'each of the';
         if (names [0])                error [index++] = names [0];
         if (functionName)             error [index++] = 'passed to', error [index++] = functionName;
                                       error [index++] = clauses [0];
         if (ofValue !== undefined)    error [index++] = 'one of';
                                       error [index++] = ofValue !== undefined ? ofValue : to;
         if (names [1])                error [index++] = '(' + names [1] + ')';
                                       error [index++] = eachValue !== undefined ? 'but one of' : 'but instead';
         if (eachValue !== undefined)  error [index++] = eachValue;
                                       error [index++] = 'is';
                                       error [index++] = compare;

We add the elements of finalClause to the error. If any of them is a function, we invoke it passing compare and to as arguments, and use that result in the error message.

         dale.go (clauses [1], function (v) {
            error [index++] = typeof v !== 'function' ? v : v (compare, to);
         });

We return the error.

         return error;
      }
   }

We create the object that will contain the test functions bundled with teishi.

Notice that all of these functions:

  • Are created by invoking teishi.makeTest.
  • All of them receive two arguments, compare and to.
  • All of them return either true, false, or an array containing an error message.
   teishi.test = {

teishi.test.type uses a very simple fun and defines both a shouldClause and a finalClause. Notice that the second finalClause is the function teishi.t.

      type:     teishi.makeTest (
         function (a, b) {return teishi.t (a) === b},
         ['should have as type', ['with type', teishi.t]]
      ),

teishi.test.equal tests for deep equality if its inputs are arrays or objects, relying on teishi.eq.

      equal:    teishi.makeTest (teishi.eq, 'should be equal to'),

teishi.test.notEqual is almost identical to teishi.test.equal, except that we invert the result returned by teishi.eq.

Their shouldClauses also differ by one 'no'.

      notEqual: teishi.makeTest (function (a, b) {
         return ! teishi.eq (a, b);
      }, 'should not be equal to'),

teishi.test.range will do some validation checks to its inputs, namely: b should be an object, which can be empty or contain the following keys: min, max, less and more.

      range:    teishi.makeTest (function (a, b) {
         if (teishi.t (b, true) !== 'object') {
            return ['Range options object must be an object but instead is', b, 'with type', teishi.t (b)];
         }

If there are no conditions, we return true.

         if (teishi.s (b) === '{}') return true;

We iterate through the keys of b and validate them.

         return dale.stopNot (b, true, function (v, k) {
            if (k !== 'min' && k !== 'max' && k !== 'less' && k !== 'more') {
               return ['Range options must be one of "min", "max", "less" and "more", but instead is', k]
            }

We test the corresponding condition and return the result. We close the fun and add the shouldClause.

            if (k === 'min')  return a >= v;
            if (k === 'max')  return a <= v;
            if (k === 'less') return a < v;
                              return a > v;
         });
      }, 'should be in range'),
   }

teishi.test.match, like the previous function, also does some validation on its inputs. We need a to be a string, and b to be a regex.

      match:    teishi.makeTest (function (a, b) {
         if (teishi.t (a) !== 'string') {
            return ['Invalid comparison string passed to teishi.test.match. Comparison string must be of type string but instead is', a, 'with type', teishi.t (a)];
         }
         if (teishi.t (b) !== 'regex') {
            return ['Invalid regex passed to teishi.test.match. Regex must be of type regex but instead is', b, 'with type', teishi.t (b)];
         }

We check whether a matches b. We then close the fun and add the shouldClause.

         return a.match (b) !== null;
      }, 'should match')
   }

Validation

To ensure that a given teishi rule is valid, we will now define teishi.validateRule.

Although this function can be used directly in your code, you will probably never need to use it directly, since the main functions of teishi (teishi.v and teishi.stop) invoke this function.

teishi.validateRule takes a single argument (rule).

   teishi.validate = function (rule) {

We store the type of rule in a local variable ruleType.

      var ruleType = teishi.t (rule);

If ruleType is function or boolean, the rule is valid, so we return true.

      if (ruleType === 'function' || ruleType === 'boolean') return true;

If ruleType is not an array, the rule is invalid. We return an error message.

      if (ruleType !== 'array') {
         return ['each teishi rule must be an array or boolean or function but instead is', rule, 'with type', ruleType];
      }

If we are at this point, rule is an array.

We now need to determine whether we are dealing with a simple rule or not. If we are not dealing with a simple rule, we assume that the array is a complex rule (either a nested or a conditional rule) and return true.

You may ask: why don't we do a deep check for the equality of a nested or conditional rule? Since teishi.v and teishi.stop are recursive functions, when they find a conditional or nested rule, they invoke themselves recursively. When they do so, they validate the inner content of a complex rule.

For example, if teishi.validateRule receives an array representing invalid rule (such as [222, 333, /regex!/]), it will return true. However, when teishi.v treats each of the elements of the rule as a rule and passes them again to teishi.validateRule, we will obtain an error message saying that 222 cannot be a valid teishi rule.

By just validating rules to one level of deepness, we also make the code efficient, because we don't validate nested rules over and over, just once, when they can be considered simple rules.

To determine whether we are dealing with a simple rule, we will check if there's a valid names field in it. Remember that names is either a string or an array containing two strings.

Our choice of names as the distinctive element of a teishi simple rule is straightforward: compare and to can have any type, and options is not required. names, by its possible types, is distinguishible from nested or conditional rules.

We write an intricate conditional to check that whether the rule has a names as its first element. If that is not the case, we are dealing with a complex rule, so we return true.

      var typeFirst = teishi.t (rule [0]);
      if (! (typeFirst === 'string' || (typeFirst === 'array' && rule [0].length === 2 && teishi.t (rule [0] [0]) === 'string' && teishi.t (rule [0] [1]) === 'string'))) return true;

If we are here, we are dealing with a simple rule.

If the rule has length 3, no multi or test function is present. We've already checked the three elements of the rule, so we return true.

      if (rule.length === 3) return true;

We check that the rule has a length of three to five elements (names, compare, to, plus multi, the test function or both). If that's not the case, we return an error.

      if (rule.length < 3 || rule.length > 5) {
         return ['Each teishi simple rule must be an array of length between 3 and 5, but instead is', rule, 'and has length', rule.length];
      }

Because we used the presence of a valid names element to check whether this rule is a simple one, if we are here, we know that names is valid.

We also don't need to do any checks on compare or to, since they can have any value.

We define two local variables test and multi to hold the values for the test function and the multi parameter.

      var test, multi;

We iterate through the rule, to validate its fourth and fifth elements of the rule. If any of these iterations returns a value that is not true, the loop will be stopped and the last value returned will be stored in result.

      var result = dale.stopNot (rule, true, function (v, k) {

If we're iterating through the first three elements, we ignore them.

         if (k < 3) return true;

We note the type of the element.

         var type = teishi.t (v);

If the element is a string, it has to be the multi operator. We check that it is one of 'oneOf', 'each' and 'eachOf'.

         if (type === 'string') {
            if (v !== 'oneOf' && v !== 'each' && v !== 'eachOf') return ['Invalid multi parameter', v, '. Valid multi parameters are', ['oneOf', 'each', 'eachOf']];

If multi is already defined (because we are currently on the fifth element of the rule and the fourth one already turned out to be the multi operator) we return an error.

            if (multi) return ['You can pass only one multi parameter to a teishi simple rule but instead you passed two:', rule [3], 'and', rule [4]];

We set multi to the element.

            multi = v;
         }

If the element is a function, and test was already set, we return an error. Otherwise, we set test to the element.

         else if (type === 'function') {
            if (test) return ['You can pass only one test function to a teishi simple rule but instead you passed two:', rule [3], 'and', rule [4]];
            test = v;
         }

If the element is neither a function nor a string, we return an error.

         else return ['Elements #4 and #5 of a teishi simple rule must be either a string or a function, but element', '#' + (k + 1), 'is', v, 'and has type', type];

If we are here, no error were found within the current iteration. We return true.

         return true;
      });

result can be either an error (because the rule is invalid) or true (because the rule is valid). In either case, we want to return it. After that, there's nothing else to do.

      return result;
   }

The main functions

In this section, we will define teishi.v and teishi.stop, the main functions of teishi.

We will now define a function reply which is in charge of doing a set of actions that are performed when teishi.v finds an error. These actions will vary depending on the value of the apres variable passed to either teishi.v or teishi.stop.

   var reply = function (error, apres) {

If apres is undefined (the default case), we want to print the error through teishi.l. We append 'teishi.v' as the first element of the error, so that it's considered as the label of the error message. We return the result of calling teishi.l, which is always false.

      if (apres === undefined) return teishi.l.apply (teishi.l, ['teishi.v'].concat (error));

If apres is defined, we need to stringify the error, in case it contains arrays, objects, or other elements that can lose data when being coerced onto a string.

We will now iterate through error (which is an array), stringify each of its elements (through teishi.p if the element is an object or array, and through string coercion otherwise), and join the resulting array with single spaces. We will set error to this string.

      error = dale.go (error, function (v) {
         return teishi.complex (v) ? teishi.s (v) : v + '';
      }).join (' ');

If apres is true, we will return the error message.

      if (apres === true) return error;

If we're here, it's because apres is a function. We pass the error to it, return false, and close the reply function.

      apres (error);
      return false;
   }

teishi.stop is a very simple wrapper around teishi.v, so most of the action will revolve around teishi.v. Without further ado, we proceed to write this function.

   teishi.v = function (first, second, third) {

The only required argument to teishi.v is rule, which can be either the first or the second argument. rule will be the second argument only if functionName is passed.

Since a rule can never be a string, and functionName always has to be a string, we decide that functionName is present if the first argument of the function is a string.

We set apres to be the argument that was passed after rule. If no argument was passed, it will be undefined.

A subtle point: we set functionName to an empty string, instead of undefined. This is because, for recursive function calls, we want to have a fixed number of arguments, so as to simplify writing the recursive calls. This also improves the performance of the function.

      if (teishi.t (first) === 'string') var functionName = first, rule = second, apres = third;
      else                               var functionName = '',    rule = first,  apres = second;

Because we assume that functionName is defined only if the first argument is a string (and set its value to an empty string otherwise), functionName will be a string, so we don't need to validate it. This is similar to what happened with the validation-through-assumption of names we did in teishi.validateRule.

We validate apres: it must be either undefined, true, or a function. If it's not, we print an error message and return false.

      if (apres !== undefined && apres !== true && teishi.t (apres) !== 'function') return teishi.l ('teishi.v', 'Invalid apres argument. Must be either undefined, true, or a function.');

We invoke teishi.ValidateRule to check that rule is valid, and store the result in a local variable validation.

      var validation = teishi.validateRule (rule);

If rule is not well-formed, we pass the error to reply and return.

      if (validation !== true) return reply (validation, apres);

We store the type of rule in a local variable ruleType.

      var ruleType = teishi.t (rule);

Boolean rules: if rule is a boolean, we return the rule itself.

      if (ruleType === 'boolean')  return rule;

Function guards: if rule is a function, we invoke the rule and pass it recursively to teishi.v, taking care to also pass functionName and apres.

      if (ruleType === 'function') return teishi.v (functionName, rule (), apres);

If we are here, rule must be an array.

If it has length zero, there are no rules to validate, hence there can't be any validation errors! We return true.

      if (rule.length === 0) return true;

We store the type of rule [0] in a local variable ruleFirstType.

      var ruleFirstType = teishi.t (rule [0]);

Conditional rules: if the first element of rule is a boolean, if rule has length 2, and if the second element of rule is an array, we treat rule as a conditional one.

      if (ruleFirstType === 'boolean' && rule.length === 2 && teishi.t (rule [1]) === 'array') {

If the boolean of the conditional is false, the second rule doesn't apply. Hence, we return true.

         if (rule [0] === false) return true;

If we are here, the second rule within rule applies, so we pass it recursively to teishi.v.

         else return teishi.v (functionName, rule [1], apres);
      }

We use again the intricate conditional from teishi.validateRule to determine whether this rule is not a simple one.

      if (! (ruleFirstType === 'string' || (ruleFirstType === 'array' && rule [0].length === 2 && teishi.t (rule [0] [0]) === 'string' && teishi.t (rule [0] [1]) === 'string'))) {

Nested rule: we iterate the rule and pass each of its elements to recursive calls to teishi.v.

If any of these calls returns false, the loop is stopped and false is returned. If all of these calls returned true, we return true as well.

         return dale.stopNot (rule, true, function (rule) {
            return teishi.v (functionName, rule, apres);
         });
      }

We define the local variable typeFourth and typeFifth to hold the types of the fourth and fifth elements of the rule.

      var typeFourth = teishi.t (rule [3]), typeFifth = teishi.t (rule [4]);

We define a local variable test, to store the test operator. If either the fourth or fifth elements of the array are a function, we will set test to that. Otherwise, the default value of test is teishi.test.type.

      var test  = typeFourth === 'function' ? rule [3] : (typeFifth === 'function' ? rule [4] : teishi.test.type);

We define a local variable multi, to store the multi operator. If either the fourth or fifth elements of the array are a string, we will set multi to that. Otherwise, the default value of test is undefined.

      var multi = typeFourth === 'string'   ? rule [3] : (typeFifth === 'string'   ? rule [4] : undefined);

We set a local variable result to hold the result of the validation.

      var result;

We set a local variable names to hold the names field of rule.

If names is a string, we wrap it in an array, since the test functions will be expecting names to be an array. For evidence of this, check that the returned function from teishi.makeTest (which comprises the body of every test function) directly invokes names [0] and names [1].

      var names = ruleFirstType === 'array' ? rule [0] : [rule [0]];

We note the types of compare and to.

      var typeCompare = teishi.t (rule [1], true), typeTo = teishi.t (rule [2], true);

We deal with a special case of multi: if multi is either each or eachOf, and the compare field is either undefined, an empty array or an empty object, we deem that there are no elements inside compare.

In the absence of elements to validate, we consider rule to be fulfilled, and return true.

      if ((multi === 'each' || multi === 'eachOf') && ((typeCompare === 'array' && rule [1].length === 0) || (typeCompare === 'object' && dale.keys (rule [1]).length === 0) || rule [1] === undefined)) {
         return true;
      }

We deal with the other special case of multi: if multi is either oneOf or eachOf, and the to field is either undefined, an empty array or an empty object, we deem that there are no elements inside to.

In the absence of elements to compare to, we consider rule to be impossible to be fulfilled. Hence, we set result to an error.

      if ((multi === 'oneOf' || multi === 'eachOf') && ((typeTo === 'array' && rule [2].length === 0) || (typeTo === 'object' && dale.keys (rule [2]).length === 0) || rule [2] === undefined)) {
         result = ['To field of teishi rule is', rule.to, 'but multi attribute', multi, 'requires it to be non-empty, at teishi step', rule];
      }

We now consider one of the "normal" cases of multi: when it is undefined.

We invoke the test function with functionName, names, rule [1] and rule [2] as arguments, and store the result in result.

Notice that the arguments we pass (and their order) match those of the inner function in teishi.makeTest. That function receives six arguments, functionName, names, compare, to, eachValue and ofValue.

As you can see, the first two match each other. rule [1] corresponds to compare, rule [2] corresponds to to. In this particular case, eachValue and ofValue are left undefined.

Also notice that we use else if instead of if, because we are computing result according to the possible values of multi.

      else if (multi === undefined) {
         result = test (functionName, names, rule [1], rule [2]);
      }

We now consider multi === 'each'.

      else if (multi === 'each') {

We iterate through compare (rule [1]) and for each of its elements we invoke the test function.

Notice that, for any given element, the compare value received by the test function is the specific element of the compare from the rule (named v in the function). Notice also that we pass compare as the eachValue argument.

The purpose of eachValue is to provide the test function with the original value of compare (before being decomposed into subparts), so that the compare value in an error message will match that of rule.

If any of these tests returns something other than true, we stop the iteration and set result to that value. If every test returns true, we set result to true.

         result = dale.stopNot (rule [1], true, function (v) {
            return test (functionName, names, v, rule [2], rule [1]);
         });
      }

We now consider multi === 'oneOf'.

      else if (multi === 'oneOf') {

We iterate through to (rule [2]) and for each of its elements, we invoke the test function.

The main structural difference between this block and the one above is that it will stop when it finds a test that returns true. This is because oneOf is valid as long as one of the to values matches the compare value. In contrast, each demands that every compare value match the to value.

Notice also that we pass undefined as the eachValue and to as the ofValue.

We store the result of this loop into result.

         result = dale.stop (rule [2], true, function (v) {
            return test (functionName, names, rule [1], v, undefined, rule [2]);
         });
      }

If we are here, multi equals eachOf. This is the last case.

      else {

We iterate first through the elements of compare (like we did in each above), and stop whenever we find something that is not true. For each of the elements of compare, we iterate through the elements of to, and stop if any of the comparisons returns true.

         result = dale.stopNot (rule [1], true, function (v) {
            return dale.stop (rule [2], true, function (v2) {

We invoke the test function passing all six arguments, including the eachValue and ofValue.

               return test (functionName, names, v, v2, rule [1], rule [2]);
            });
         });
      }

If result is true, rule is valid. We return true.

      if (result === true) return true;

If result is not true, the rule is not fulfilled, hence result contains an error. We pass it to reply. We have nothing else to do, so we close the function.

      else return reply (result, apres);
   }

We now define teishi.stop. The purpose of this function is to invoke teishi.v and return true if an error is found and false otherwise.

Notice that since we apply arguments onto teishi.v, you can pass an apres parameter. If the apres parameter is a function, you can still do something meaningful with the error message.

   teishi.stop = function () {
      return teishi.v.apply (teishi.v, arguments) === true ? false : true;
   }

We close the module.

}) ();

License

teishi is written by Federico Pereiro (fpereiro@gmail.com) and released into the public domain.