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This is the file that provides the core functionality of the Cerny.js library: interception, type checking, logging, dependency declaration, configuration and dictionaries.

To use the Cerny.js library this file must be included in your page. The configuration file (a copy of cerny.conf.js) must be included beforehand.

Some conventions used:

If a current function or member is overwritten in a script, e.g. 'insertBefore', but will be referred to later, the new name of the member is composed of an underscore followed by the old name, e.g. '_insertBefore'.

If a simple name is not possible due to keyword restrictions, the name is proceeded by an underscore, e.g. '_delete'.

If a function takes arbitrarily many arguments, the documentation for these parameters must be called 'arguments'.

If the documentation for a function does not specify a return value, the function returns undefined.



Used by

All, but CERNY.console.*



Prototypal inheritance [DCP].

obj (object) : the object to be the prototype of the new object.
return (object) : the new object

Attach a function as a method to an object. This allows to create arbitrarliy many functions around the actual function. It aims for separation of concerns. The interceptors are wrapped around the function starting with the last one. This allows a "natural order", when filling the array regarding dependency. So more basic interceptors (e.g. LogIndenter) are pushed first.

obj (object) : the obj to attach the function to
name (string) : the name under which the function will be known to the object
func (function) : the function to attach
interceptors (undefined,Array) : the interceptors to use; defaults to

Specify the signature of a function. The types can be specified either by a string ("boolean", "string", "number", "object", "function", "undefined", "null", "any") or by a function, against which the actual value will be tested against with instanceof.

In the future it should be possible to specify an object as a type and the prototype chain is inspected for that object. Even more in the future it Cerny schemas could be used.

func (function) : the function to specify the signature for
returnType (string,function,array) : the type of the return value
arguments (undefined,string,function,array) : the types of the parameters

Dump a value for logging purposes. Returns the value of the variable followed by it's type in braces. If the variable is a string, the value is enclosed by a single quote.

value (any) : the value to dump
return (string) : a string useful for logging

Create a logger. For every category there exists exactly one logger.

name (string) : the name of the category
return (object) : the logger for the category identified by name

Instrument methods of an object for interception. Can be called multiple times with the same effect, only depending on or the passed interceptors.

This function does not work on the window object in IE.

If one overrides methods of an existing object, where interception was already installed with this function and use this function again to intercept the method, the old method will be installed and a information will be logged. This is unfortunate, but is necessary so that interception always has the same effect. Workaround: Use CERNY.method to attach the methods (best to both, but definitely when overriding) instead.

obj (object,function) : the object to intercept methods of
arguments (undefined,string,RegExp,Array) : strings or regexps specifying which functions to intercept. If none are specified all functions are intercepted; or an array of interceptors, if not present configured interceptors are used, if more than one array is given, the last one will be used.
return (Array) : an array of the names of the intercepted functions

Create a namespace in CERNY. This function is inspired by the Yahoo! UI Library [YUI].

name (string) : The name of the namespace to create
parentNameSpace (undefined,object) : The parent name space

Join functions into one function. The new function returns the return value of the last function.

Useful for extending event handlers on popular objects (like window).

arguments (function) : the functions to join
return (function) : the new function

Check whether an expression is present during runtime.

exp (string) : the expression to check, a string
return (boolean) : false, if the string does not reference anything or the string references 'undefined'

Check for the presence of expressions.

script (string) : the script that requires the expression
arguments (undefined,string) : the exressions that are required for further execution
return (Array) : an array of missing expressions with 0 or more items

Load a script. This function is called in require. It has different implementations in various environments (browser, Rhino [RHI]).

location (undefined,string) : the name of the script to load

Dictionary maker.

A dictionary is a mapping from terms to definitions. Definitions may contain nested terms. The process of evaluating a term is done by lookup.

obj (object) : the obj this dictionary will inherit from
return (object) : a Dictionary object

Lookup a term in this dictionary.

term (string) : the term to lookup
return (undefined,string) : the value of the term in the dictionary or undefined if the term is unknown


2007-03-21 : Logging an info when reapplying interception with CERNY.intercept.
2007-03-21 : Logging name of the logger of the object that is intercepted in CERNY.intercept.
2007-03-16 : Added additional parameter (interceptors) to CERNY.intercept.
2007-03-15 : Added additional parameter (interceptors) to CERNY.method.
2007-03-11 : Added signature, checkType and the TypeChecker interceptor.
2007-03-02 : Added layout and appenders to CERNY.Logger.
2007-03-01 : Moved loggers from CERNY to CERNY.Logger.
2007-02-08 : Fixed bug in intercept, which caused objects to be intercepted.
2006-12-31 : Added the interceptor concept.
2006-12-30 : Added the dumpVar method.
2006-11-10 : Created.

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