I was wondering if there was a better way to write this:

#Define Jquery Datatable
if $('#dtable').length
  table = $('#dtable').DataTable()

#If job is created, make new row in Jquery datatables
if data.status == "Created" then (
  count = 0
  new_data = [
    '<a class="btn btn-small btn-info" href="/ilo_scan_jobs/' + data.job_id + '">Details</a>'
  new_row = table.row.add(new_data).draw().nodes().to$().find('td').each ->
    $(this).attr 'id', 'td_' + count++ + '_' + data.job_id
  id = $('#row' + data.job_id).val()
  table.row(new_row).node().id = 'row' + data.job_id

#If job status is running
else if data.status != "Created" and data.status != "Job Deleted" and data.status != "Scan Complete" then (
  #Update Jquery datatable if it exists
  if $('#dtable').length
    table.cell('#td_5_' + data.job_id).data wait_status

  #Update job detail status if it exists
  if $(detail_status).length
    $(detail_status).html wait_status

  #Detail Status  
  if $(respond_message).length then (
    if data.count == null or data.server_count != 0
      $(respond_message).html wait_message
    else if data.server_count == 0
      $(respond_message).html no_respond
#If job status is complete
else if data.status == "Scan Complete" then (
  #Update Jquery Datatable if it exists
  if $('#dtable').length
    table.cell('#td_5_' + data.job_id).data(data.status)

  #Update job detail status if it exists
  if $(detail_status).length
    $(detail_status).html data.status

  #Detail Status  
  if $(respond_message).length then (
    if data.server_count == 0
      $(respond_message).html no_respond
    else if data.server_count != 0
      $(respond_message).html respond_finish

#Remove disabled class on buttons if exists
  if $('#edit_disable_' + data.job_id).length and data.status == 'Scan Complete'
    $('#edit_disable_' + data.job_id).removeClass 'disabled'
  if $('#delete_disable_' + data.job_id).length and data.status == 'Scan Complete'
    $('#delete_disable_' + data.job_id).removeClass 'disabled'
#If job is deleted, remove table row from Jquery datatable
else if data.status == "Job Deleted"
  tr = "#row" + data.job_id

Even though it is working, the code seems a little sloppy to me with all the if/else statements. Is there any way to simplify it? I'm new to coffeescript.

  • \$\begingroup\$ There are few things that can be shortened, but first things first - what is the detail_status? I don't see its declaration anywhere. \$\endgroup\$ – fracz Feb 6 '17 at 15:30

First of all, you may benefit from the fact that in Coffee (and in JS, too), the following code

if condition
  variable = value

can be expressed simpler as

variable = condition && value

Therefore, the declaration of the table may be written as

table = $('#dtable').length && $('#dtable').DataTable()

Later in the code, you should not check again for the $('#dtable').length but you should check if the table has a value, possibly with the existential operator. For example, replace the

if $('#dtable').length
    table.cell('#td_5_' + data.job_id).data wait_status


table?.cell('#td_5_' + data.job_id).data wait_status

I don't know what the detail_status is but I suppose it is a string selector. Therefore, you don't need to check if it is available in the DOM. JQuery will do nothing if there is no such element, so you can safely call $(detail_status).html wait_status without checking for its length. The same goes for e.g. removeClass method.

You can also use Coffee's string interpolation and replace the "#row" + data.job_id with "#row#{data.job_id}" (and similar).

Last but not least, try replacing multiple conditions like if data.status != "Created" and data.status != "Job Deleted" and data.status != "Scan Complete" with one statement with the in operator, i.e. if data.status not in ['Created', 'Job Deleted', 'Scan Complete'].

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for the info fracz. After defining table into a condition and value as you suggested, I tried table?.cell('#td_5_' + data.job_id).data wait_status, but I am getting the error that table.cell is not a function. Still playing around with it... \$\endgroup\$ – Wes Feb 6 '17 at 21:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ Also tried table.cell('#td_5_' + data.job_id).data wait_status if table? but still get the same result. The problem appears to be that it is running table.cell without first checking if it exists. \$\endgroup\$ – Wes Feb 6 '17 at 21:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ My fault. If there is no #dtable, after the table = $('#dtable').length && $('#dtable').DataTable() the table gets value 0, which passes the existential operator (the value exists). Replace it with table = $('#dtable').DataTable() if $('#dtable').length and the rest of the code should work as I have written. \$\endgroup\$ – fracz Feb 6 '17 at 21:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks - that did the trick. I'll continue to try and clean it up. This helped a lot. \$\endgroup\$ – Wes Feb 6 '17 at 22:37

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