What I want to do is for an example command have it defined in its own file - e.g. command.js - and the same for the other methods. I want to make a separate file for every module - for example "command.js", "vanish.js" and I can not think of a way to call the methods without making a big switch statement in a file where I would require all the "modules".

This is how I do it currently:

const client = require('../../../src/bot');
const logger = require('../../../config/logger');
const {isCommand} = require('../../../helpers/checkCommand');
const {addCommand, deleteCommand, updateCommand} = require('../../../db/commandFunctions')
const isAuthorized = require('../isAuthorized');
const builtInCmdHelpers = require('../builtInCommandHelpers');

const USER_MODULES = 'everyone';
const MOD_MODULES = 'moderator';

const executeBuiltInCommand = async ({channel, args}, userstate) => {
  const isSubArg = await isCommandSubArg(args[1]);
  if(isSubArg) await builtInCmdHelpers[args[1]].apply(null, [{channel, args}, userstate]);

const command = async ({channel, args}, userstate) => {
  const canExecute = await isAuthorized(channel, userstate.badges, MOD_MODULES);
  if(canExecute) await executeBuiltInCommand({channel, args}, userstate);

const vanish = async ({channel}, {username}) => {
  const canExecute = await isAuthorized(channel, username, USER_MODULES);
  if(canExecute) {
    client.timeout(channel, username, 1, "VANISH")
      .catch((err) => {

module.exports = {

This is how i execute the commands currently:

const executeBuiltIn = async ({channel, args}, userstate) => {
  await builtin[args[0]].apply(null, [{channel, args}, userstate]);
  • \$\begingroup\$ Do you mean that you want to put each function in a separate file? E.g. one for add, one for remove , one for edit, etc.? \$\endgroup\$ Nov 3, 2020 at 13:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ i mean a custom file for "command" and "vanish" i thought of using a index file where i would import the files command.js and vanish.js but when i did that it did not work. I moved add, remove, edit and show already to an own file. \$\endgroup\$
    – roboJS
    Nov 3, 2020 at 13:08

1 Answer 1


Separate modules

You didn’t specify a file name for the code in the first block- is it something like builtin.js?

The code in the first block should be divisible into two files- one for command with executeBuiltInCommand and MOD_MODULES, and the other for vanish with USER_MODULES. They could be combined to a single module to replace the current file in the first block - what I presume is builtin.js.

Simplify .apply() syntax

The ES6 feature spread syntax can be used to replace calls to .apply().

For example:

if(isSubArg) await builtInCmdHelpers[args[1]].apply(null, [{channel,
args}, userstate]);

can be simplified to:

if(isSubArg) await builtInCmdHelpers[args[1]](...[{channel, args}, userstate]);

However, since there is a fixed length on that array of arguments, the method can be called directly:

if(isSubArg) await builtInCmdHelpers[args[1]]({channel, args}, userstate);
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm not sure .apply()/spread needed to be used in the first place. Couldn't it just be builtInCmdHelpers[args[1]]({channel, args}, userstate)? \$\endgroup\$ Jan 16, 2021 at 4:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes- that seems to be sufficient given that the array of args is not very variadic. Thanks for pointing that out! \$\endgroup\$ Jan 20, 2021 at 8:40

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