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Command

Command in TypeScript

Command is behavioral design pattern that converts requests or simple operations into objects.

The conversion allows deferred or remote execution of commands, storing command history, etc.

Learn more about Command

Usage of the pattern in TypeScript

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Popularity:

Usage examples: The Command pattern is pretty common in TypeScript code. Most often it’s used as an alternative for callbacks to parameterizing UI elements with actions. It’s also used for queueing tasks, tracking operations history, etc.

Identification: The Command pattern is recognizable by behavioral methods in an abstract/interface type (sender) which invokes a method in an implementation of a different abstract/interface type (receiver) which has been encapsulated by the command implementation during its creation. Command classes are usually limited to specific actions.

Conceptual Example

This example illustrates the structure of the Command design pattern. It focuses on answering these questions:

  • What classes does it consist of?
  • What roles do these classes play?
  • In what way the elements of the pattern are related?

index.ts: Conceptual Example

/**
 * The Command interface declares a method for executing a command.
 */
interface Command {
    execute(): void;
}

/**
 * Some commands can implement simple operations on their own.
 */
class SimpleCommand implements Command {
    private payload: string;

    constructor(payload: string) {
        this.payload = payload;
    }

    public execute(): void {
        console.log(`SimpleCommand: See, I can do simple things like printing (${this.payload})`);
    }
}

/**
 * However, some commands can delegate more complex operations to other objects,
 * called "receivers."
 */
class ComplexCommand implements Command {
    private receiver: Receiver;

    /**
     * Context data, required for launching the receiver's methods.
     */
    private a: string;

    private b: string;

    /**
     * Complex commands can accept one or several receiver objects along with
     * any context data via the constructor.
     */
    constructor(receiver: Receiver, a: string, b: string) {
        this.receiver = receiver;
        this.a = a;
        this.b = b;
    }

    /**
     * Commands can delegate to any methods of a receiver.
     */
    public execute(): void {
        console.log('ComplexCommand: Complex stuff should be done by a receiver object.');
        this.receiver.doSomething(this.a);
        this.receiver.doSomethingElse(this.b);
    }
}

/**
 * The Receiver classes contain some important business logic. They know how to
 * perform all kinds of operations, associated with carrying out a request. In
 * fact, any class may serve as a Receiver.
 */
class Receiver {
    public doSomething(a: string): void {
        console.log(`Receiver: Working on (${a}.)`);
    }

    public doSomethingElse(b: string): void {
        console.log(`Receiver: Also working on (${b}.)`);
    }
}

/**
 * The Invoker is associated with one or several commands. It sends a request to
 * the command.
 */
class Invoker {
    private onStart: Command;

    private onFinish: Command;

    /**
     * Initialize commands.
     */
    public setOnStart(command: Command): void {
        this.onStart = command;
    }

    public setOnFinish(command: Command): void {
        this.onFinish = command;
    }

    /**
     * The Invoker does not depend on concrete command or receiver classes. The
     * Invoker passes a request to a receiver indirectly, by executing a
     * command.
     */
    public doSomethingImportant(): void {
        console.log('Invoker: Does anybody want something done before I begin?');
        if (this.isCommand(this.onStart)) {
            this.onStart.execute();
        }

        console.log('Invoker: ...doing something really important...');

        console.log('Invoker: Does anybody want something done after I finish?');
        if (this.isCommand(this.onFinish)) {
            this.onFinish.execute();
        }
    }

    private isCommand(object): object is Command {
        return object.execute !== undefined;
    }
}

/**
 * The client code can parameterize an invoker with any commands.
 */
const invoker = new Invoker();
invoker.setOnStart(new SimpleCommand('Say Hi!'));
const receiver = new Receiver();
invoker.setOnFinish(new ComplexCommand(receiver, 'Send email', 'Save report'));

invoker.doSomethingImportant();

Output.txt: Execution result

Invoker: Does anybody want something done before I begin?
SimpleCommand: See, I can do simple things like printing (Say Hi!)
Invoker: ...doing something really important...
Invoker: Does anybody want something done after I finish?
ComplexCommand: Complex stuff should be done by a receiver object.
Receiver: Working on (Send email.)
Receiver: Also working on (Save report.)

Command in Other Languages

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