every: 3 things go in, true or false comes out

The every function takes an Array and a predicate function (a function that only returns true or false). It returns true if every item that's given to the predicate returns true, else false. It's a great example of an Array comprehension that is built upon reduce. It's used a lot in data validation.

Think of every as asking "Is everything true that _". The blank is whatever your predicate function is figuring out to be true or not based on the input.

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Let's verify everyone in our party has full health or not. Hit points are a measurement using numbers of a person's health. If your current hit points equal your max, then you're healthy. If their half, you're seriously injured or sick. Not the good sick, the bad sick.

const party = [
        name: 'Jesse',
        clazz: 'Swashbuckler',
        hitPoints: 20,
        maxHitPoints: 22
        name: 'Brandy',
        clazz: 'Cleric',
        hitPoints: 14,
        maxHitPoints: 14
        name: 'Albus',
        clazz: 'War Dog',
        hitPoints: 5,
        maxHitPoints: 9

let allHealthy = true
for(i = 0; i < party.length; i++) {
    const member = party[i]
    if(member.hitPoints < member.maxHitPoints) {
        allHealthy = false

It's false because Brandy is the only one healthy. Note the use of a variable, mutation of it later in the loop.


We can purify that by using every:

const { every } = require('lodash')

const memberIsHealthy = member =>
    member.hitPoints >= member.maxHitPoints

const partyIsHealthy = party =>
    every(party, memberIsHealthy)

partyIsHealthy(party) // false

"If I give every party member to memberIsHealthy, does it return true for every single Array item?"

Data Validation

You can combine other predicates to validate data. In dynamic languages, since we don't have types, we may sometimes want to validate a piece of data we didn't make, say something coming from a parsed REST response or from reading a file.

Here, we'll write some predicates to verify our new party member really is a party member, then we'll use every to ensure all are true. If even one fails and returns false, we want to know about it.

The predicates:

import { isString, isInteger, get } from 'lodash'

const hasLegitName = o =>
    isString(get(o, 'name'))
    && get(o, 'name').length > 0

const legitHitPoints = o =>
    && o >= 0

const hasLegitHitPoints = o =>
    legitHitPoints(get(o, 'hitPoints'))

const hasLegitMaxHitPoints = o =>
    legitHitPoints(get(o, 'maxHitPoints'))

Now we'll load them into every:

const legitPerson = o =>
        predicate => predicate(o)

    name: 'Rowan',
    clazz: 'Bard',
    hitPoints: 4,
    maxHitPoints: 4
}) // true
    name: 'Chicken Pot Pie'
}) // false


Every: Take an Array of things as well as a predicate function, give every value to the predicate function, and if even one returns false, then every will return false, else return true.

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