Functional Programming Unit Testing in Node – Part 1

Functional Programming Unit Testing in Node

Writing Functional Programming in Node is one challenge, but unit testing it is another. Mainly because many middlewares in Node use the connect middleware approach, and libraries in Node are not written in a pure function way.

This six part series will go over how to make the unit testing part of easier, some strategies to tackle common impurity problems, and hopefully enable to make 100% test coverage a common part of your job vs. the “not worth the client investment” people commonly associate with it.

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Node.js Crash Course

Introduction

I’ve been doing Node full-time at work and noticed a lot of other people lacking a centralized resource to get up and running quickly. There are a lot of wonderful resources out there for Node, a Google search away, but hopefully this document should get you coding quickly as well as able to communicate effectively with other Node developers.

I’ve tried to write this list in order of most important things you need to know. Feel free to skip around.
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Easier Error Handling Using Async/Await

Introduction

At work, someone asked if there were any better ways to handle errors when using the async/await syntax in JavaScript. They didn’t like their beautiful, short, and readable lines of code suddenly wrapped with try/catches. I’ve also been frustrated with a variety of the enthusiasm online the past couple years around async/await only to be shown code examples that completely ignore error handling.

Below is an easier way to handle errors using async/await by returning what’s known in Functional Programming as an Either. Mine isn’t as formal as the FP community’s “left right”. It’s just simple JavaScript Object that follows the Node callback naming convention somewhat.

tl;dr; First option is to create Promises that only call success with an Either, and Promise.resolve in the catch with an Either, or second option is to use a simple wrapper function.
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