owl owl - 5 months ago 49
Node.js Question

How to generate unique ID with node.js

function generate(count) {
var founded = false,
_sym = 'abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz1234567890',
str = '';
while(!founded) {
for(var i = 0; i < count; i++) {
str += _sym[parseInt(Math.random() * (_sym.length))];
}
base.getID(string, function(err, res) {
if(!res.length) {
founded = true; // How to do it?
}
});
}
return str;
}


How to set a variable value with database query callback? How I can do it?

Thanks in advance.

Answer

It's been some time since I used node.js, but I think I might be able to help.

Firstly, in node, you only have a single thread and are supposed to use callbacks. What will happen with your code, is that base.getID query will get queued up by for execution, but the while loop will continusouly run as a busy loop pointlessly.

You should be able to solve your issue with a callback as follows:

function generate(count, k) {
    var _sym = 'abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz1234567890',
    var str = '';

    for(var i = 0; i < count; i++) {
        str += _sym[parseInt(Math.random() * (_sym.length))];
    }
    base.getID(str, function(err, res) {
        if(!res.length) {
          k(str)                   // use the continuation
        } else generate(count, k)  // otherwise, recurse on generate
    });
}

And use it as such

generate(10, function(uniqueId){
  // have a uniqueId
})

I haven't coded any node/js in around 2 years and haven't tested this, but the basic idea should hold – don't use a busy loop, and use callbacks. You might want to have a look at the node async package.