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re: Very well explained, but those 2 last examples, "scan" and "mash", seem easier to do with "reduce". //scan ['milu', 'rantanplan'].reduce((accum,...

Thanks for your comment! I disagree about scan/mash though.

It's a good practice, in my opinion, to extract such logic to dedicated functions. For one thing, it reduces code duplication: If you wanted to use this logic in several places, you'd otherwise have the same reducer code repeated over and over again. It also makes the meaning more clear when a function is given a name. Spreading a lot of anonymous lambdas through the code makes it harder to understand. Finally, using a dedicated function means we can optimize that function for performance later on if we need to.

You can see that the sample implementations of scan and mash I provided are just thin wrappers around reduce - so there is not really a big difference.

I recommend using named functions even for very simple cases where it is arguably not a big deal. For instance, I think sum([1,2,3]) is better than [1,2,3].reduce((acc, item)=>acc+item) .


Oh, well. Yes, you are right. What I wrote I meant it, just as a demonstration exercise, it might be over-engineered. But if it is a method that needs to be used multiple times across a code base, then yes, by all means, wrap it in a function to make it easier to re-use. There are indeed plenty of cases where reduce can help to build functions like smash or scan.

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