tarnfeld tarnfeld - 4 months ago 10
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Array.push() if does not exist?

How can I push into an array if neither values exist? Here is my array:

[
{ name: "tom", text: "tasty" },
{ name: "tom", text: "tasty" },
{ name: "tom", text: "tasty" },
{ name: "tom", text: "tasty" },
{ name: "tom", text: "tasty" }
]


If I tried to push again into the array with either
name: "tom"
or
text: "tasty"
, I don't want anything to happen... but if neither of those are there then I want it to
.push()


How can I do this?

Answer

You could extend the Array prototype with a custom method:

// check if an element exists in array using a comparer function
// comparer : function(currentElement)
Array.prototype.inArray = function(comparer) { 
    for(var i=0; i < this.length; i++) { 
        if(comparer(this[i])) return true; 
    }
    return false; 
}; 

// adds an element to the array if it does not already exist using a comparer 
// function
Array.prototype.pushIfNotExist = function(element, comparer) { 
    if (!this.inArray(comparer)) {
        this.push(element);
    }
}; 

var array = [{ name: "tom", text: "tasty" }];
var element = { name: "tom", text: "tasty" };
array.pushIfNotExist(element, function(e) { 
    return e.name === element.name && e.text === element.text; 
});
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