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deval

Like eval, but backwards.

by Philip Roberts

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deval

If eval takes a string representing code, and turns it into actual code, deval takes actual code, and returns a string representation of it.

Installing

Browserify/node/commonjs compatible:

npm install deval

Why?

Sometimes you're doing fun/evil/interesting things, and you want a block of code as a multiline string. But doing this is super annoying:


var codeString = [
  "var foo = 'bar'",
  "function stuff () {",
  "  console.log('The thing is \"10\"');"
  "}"
].join('\n');

Quotes everywhere, keeping track of indentation is a pian if you want it properly formatted, no syntax highlighting, bleurgh.

Deval makes it look like this:

var deval = require('deval');

var codeString = deval(function () {
    var foo = 'bar';
    function stuff () {
        console.log('The thing is "10"');
    }
});
//codeString -> "var foo = 'bar';\nfunction stuff () {\n    console.log('The thing is \"10\"');\n}"

It even figures out what indentation you meant and cleans that up.

Usage

Basic

Call deval with a function containing the code you want to get back as a string. The function wrapper will be removed.

var deval = require('deval');

var codeString = deval(function () {
    var foo = 'bar';
    function stuff () {
        console.log('The thing is "10"');
    }
});

//codeString will be:
//    "var foo = 'bar';
//    function stuff () {
//        console.log('The thing is \"10\"');
//    }"

Advanced

Sometimes you want to interpolate strings/numbers/etc into your generated code. You can't just use normal scoping rules, because this code won't be executed in the current scope. So instead you can do a little templating magic.

To interpolate:

  • Name some positional arguments in the function you pass to deval: deval(function (arg1, arg2) { ...
  • Insert them where you want them in your code by wrapping in dollars: $arg1$
  • Pass the values of those arguments as additional arguments to deval itself. deval(function (arg, arg2) { ... }, "one", 2)

Example

var codeString = deval(function (foo, bar) {
    var thing = $bar$;
    console.log('$foo$');
    console.log(thing);
}, "hi", 5);

//codeString will be:
//    "var thing = 5;
//    console.log('hi');
//    console.log(thing)"

note: Don't try to be too clever with this, and if you're passing strings, you'll want to wrap them in quotes inside the code block, as shown about for "hi" -> '$foo$'

License

MIT

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