How to Best Use Underscore.m

Authored byHarsh R.on Apr 02, 2017 in Topic Technology
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Underscore.m, is a functional toolbelt for Objective-C. It is a small utility library written by Robert Bohnke. Designed to facilitate working with common data structure within Objective-C, its core functionality revolves around the encouragement of chaining through square brackets. Underscore.m is actually inspired by Underscore.js and utilizes a similar structure.

Underscore.m helps developers extract and capitalize strings in a simple fashion – no complexities or workarounds. Furthermore, it also allows users to deal with structured data from web APIs. It is recommended to utilize CocoaPods when installing Underscore.m for a much simpler foundation. Accessing Underscore.m’s methods concisely requires the user to alias “Underscore” to “_”. By doing so, you minimize the risk of any errors or issues occurring during the installation process as well as running the code.

Known as an expansive library, Underscore.m can execute a block on each item in a collection, help compare and shuffle through any unit with ease, and chain commands to make them easier for the developer to read and work with. This versatile nature allows developers and user to access the real-time information of commands without the hassle of searching beyond measure. Since Javascript collections and functions require a boisterous set of commands that require chaining, a developer is forced to go through great lengths in order to get his or her work done in an efficient manner. Structured data tends to become cluttered and developers often have difficulty pinpointing specifics. Thanks to the ease of execution through Underscore.m, one can create a concise and readable segment without neglecting any important structural pieces.

Data manipulation can be a hassle. However, this utility library can manipulate data to sort and display it in a variety of ways to help run a successful website. Now Underscore has the ability to provide over 80 functions, which can perform everything from basic array mapping to inverting keys and values of an object. Versatility is the key factor in Underscore, and while not every user will find value in every single function, it’s convenient to know that there are a plethora of options for the user to choose from.

Underscore is a JavaScript library that can provide a plethora of functional programming helpers without any built-in objects. It continues to aid developers in a multitude of ways – especially when it comes to being productive. Additionally, Underscore provides an assortment of functions (over 100) that can support the more common functional helpers such as: filter, map, invoke, function binding, deep equality testing, function binding, and more. It should be noted that Underscore.m is one of the most useful Javascript utility tools ever written due to the fact that it can drastically transform objects and arrays with only a few lines. This has proven to be a game-changer, so to speak, when it comes to coding. Time and time again, Underscore continues to showcase an array of value when it comes to displaying or manipulating subsets of data. Human-readable lists can be created effectively while only doing half the amount of work that is normally required.

This article was authored by Harsh Raval, who is a Lead Software Engineer at Zymr.

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