Functions like map and reduce are very useful, we can use them to extract values from lists. Nowadays these functions are available in the most recent browsers, but have you ever thought about how to implement them?
At first we’re creating a function called each. We’ll use it to iterate over a list, apply a function and then generate an accumulator. If done it correctly, we will be able to abstract out complex parts of our algorithm, replace it with a function call and keep code condensed and readable.
So let’s see the function:
Okay, now we can create our map function. Basically a map function is a function that applies a given function to each element of a list and then returning another list of results.
It’s our map function:
See, it’s not a big deal. We use the each function to iterate over the list and replace each list value by the result of transform function. So how can we use it? Let’s transform (multiply each value by 2) a simple array of numbers.
And now the last one function called reduce. Different from map function, this one returns only one value with an initial value predefined that is the result of a combine function executed recursively over each element of the list. See the following function:
As an usage example, let’s think up a shopping cart with some items. We’ll need to calculate the total order to show it up at the checkout page.
As can be seen, functions like map and reduce are great to transform and/or combine lists, and functional programming is good to abstract out complex algorithms.