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I wanted an elegant way to implement memoizing. Here is what I came up with:

function memoize(fn) {
    var cache = new WeakMap();
    return function() {
        if (!cache[arguments]) {
            cache[arguments] = fn.call(this, arguments);
        return cache[arguments];

It's quite nice, but the WeakMap is not well supported. Is there a better, yet clean way to do this?

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I just thought about this:

function memoize(fn) {
    var cache = {};
    return function() {
        var args = Array.prototype.slice.call(arguments).toString();
        if (!cache[args]) {
            cache[args] = fn.call(this, arguments);
        return cache[args];

It's very cross-browser. I can't think of any browser not supporting this.

But it does feel kind of ugly. It's still the best I can think of though.

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This isn't equivalent. There can be collisions. For example, ["a,b"] and ["a", "b] (at least my understanding of Array.toString -- developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/JavaScript/Reference/…) –  Corbin Feb 1 '13 at 19:06
Indeed. Then I'm lost :P –  Florian Margaine Feb 1 '13 at 19:08

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