Message from JavaScript discussions

July 2017

— I just went to use it and was shocked!

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I made this:

// `Array.values()` Polyfill

// Returns a new Array Iterator object that contains the values for each index in the array.

if (!Array.prototype.hasOwnProperty("values")) {

  Object.defineProperty(Array.prototype, "values", {

    enumerable: false,

    value: function* () {

        for (var value of this) {

          yield value;

      }

    }

  });

}

— SO simple... and yet they disabled this... Whyyyyyy

— Weird

— Didn't know that was a thing

— But I normally use for..of anyway

— I need it because the functions in cdaTemplate are polymorphic, can use Arrays or NodeLists, and NodeLists have values()

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— Instead of branching or setting up new boilerplate to handle the Arrays, I can just use the same code now :D

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— Specifically, insertTemplate accepts a variable, destElems which can either be a 1-item array like this: [Node] or a NodeList full of Nodes

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— 

var destElems = [document.querySelector(destSel)];

versus
var destElems = document.querySelectorAll(destSel);

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— And, then in use:

// Iterate through the destinations for insertion

for (var destElem of destElems.values()) { ...

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— Ultimate root cause of the need is due to NodeList's abstract nature, it requires you to use an iterator because it is a "view" on the DOM which is a graph structure, and does not "contain" any Nodes itself

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