Lately I’ve been pushing myself to make the most out of all the free time I currently have. A big part of that revolves around trying to come up with side projects and new tools & technologies to learn and integrate on them. One of these novelties for me has been JavaScript’s Promises, an upcoming improvement to the common callback hell issue. Since Promises are part of the not-yet-final ES6 standard, it is a good practice to use some kind of polyfill or ES6-compliant library to make sure this feature is safely available, something like Bluebird.

While working on my latest pet project, I stumbled upon a situation where I wanted to generate several promises as a follow-up of a first promise. Basically, the first promise would get me a certain value that I required in order to know how many other promises I had to generate. I’ll highlight the key aspects of the code for this:

function getAllPlaces(accessToken, limit, sort) {
  var offset = 0;
  var limit = 250;
  // Just creates & returns a new Promise;
  // I put this in its own function to be DRY.
  var createRequest = function (lmt, srt, off) {
    return new Promise(function (resolve, reject) {
      // …

  // Returns a sequence of Promises.
  // The first one is resolved and then, with its data,
  // the next promises are created & resolved.
  return createRequest(limit, sort, offset)
    .then(function (checkins) {
      // Where the new promises will be placed
      var further = [];

      // Create N promises and add them to the previous array,
      // using data from the result of the 1st promise,
      // `checkins.count`
      while (checkins.count > offset) {
          createRequest(limit, sort, offset += limit)

      // Returns a promise when all the items are fulfilled
      return Promise.all(further);
    .then(function (moreCheckins) {
      // After all the created promises are resolved,
      // `moreCheckins` is an array of their results.
      return moreCheckins.reduce(function (acc, chunk) {
        // …
        return acc;
      }, []);

Playing around with promises has been a fun challenge. Bluebird’s API is kind of massive, and I believe some documentation could be improved; but I can clearly see Promises’ benefits and I can’t wait to start using all these features in production code!

P.S.: I’m pretty sure the previous createRequest could be replace by a generator, but this is a ES6 feature I haven’t been into yet.