# Currying in JavaScript

# Currying is a process in functional programming in which we can transform a function with multiple arguments into a sequence of nesting functions

Suprabha

Currying is a process in functional programming in which we can transform a function with multiple arguments into a sequence of nesting functions. It returns a new function that expects the next argument inline.

In other words, when a function, instead of taking all arguments at one time, takes the first one and return a new function that takes the second one and returns a new function which takes the third one, and so forth, until all arguments have been fulfilled.

That is, when we turn a function call `sum(1,2,3)`

into `sum(1)(2)(3)`

The number of arguments a function takes is also called `arity`

.

`function sum(a, b) {`

// do something

}

function _sum(a, b, c) {

// do something

}

function `sum`

takes two arguments (2-arity function) and `_sum`

takes three arguments (3-arity function).

Curried functions are constructed by chaining closures by defining and immediately returning their inner functions simultaneously.

### Why it’s useful ?

- Currying helps we avoid passing the same variable again and again.
- It helps to create a higher order function

Currying transforms a function with multiple arguments into a sequence/series of functions each taking a single argument.

Example:

`function sum(a, b, c) {`

return a + b + c;

}

`sum(1,2,3); // 6`

As we see, function with the full arguments. Let’s create a curried version of the function and see how we would call the same function (and get the same result) in a series of calls:

`function sum(a) {`

return (b) => {

return (c) => {

return a + b + c

}

}

}

console.log(sum(1)(2)(3)) // 6

We could separate this sum(1)(2)(3) to understand it better:

`const sum1 = sum(1);`

const sum2 = sum1(2);

const result = sum2(3);

console.log(result); // 6

Let's get to know how it works:

We passed 1 to the `sum`

function:

`let sum1 = sum(1);`

It returns the function:

`return (b) => {`

return (c) => {

return a + b + c

}

}

Now, `sum1`

holds the above function definition which takes an argument `b`

.

We called the `sum1`

function, passing in `2`

:

`let sum2 = sum1(2);`

The `sum1`

will return the third function:

`return (c) => {`

return a + b + c

}

The returned function is now stored in `sum2`

variable.

`sum2`

will be:

`sum2 = (c) => {`

return a + b + c

}

When `sum2`

is called with 3 as the parameter,

`const result = sum2(3);`

it does the calculation with the previously passed in parameters: a = 1, b = 2 and returns 6.

`console.log(result); // 6`

The last function only accepts `c`

variable but will perform the operation with other variables whose enclosing function scope has long since returned. It works nonetheless because of `Closure`

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## Currying & Partial application 🤔

Some might start to think that the number of nested functions a curried function has depends on the number of arguments it receives. Yes, that makes it a curry.

Let's take same `sum`

example:

`function sum(a) {`

return (b, c) => {

return a * b * c

}

}

It can be called like this:

`let x = sum(10);`

x(3,12);

x(20,12);

x(20,13);

// OR

sum(10)(3,12);

sum(10)(20,12);

sum(10)(20,13);

Above function expects 3 arguments and has 2 nested functions, unlike our previous version that expects 3 arguments and has 3nesting functions.

**This version isn’t a curry.** We just did a partial application of the `sum`

function.

Currying and Partial Application are related (because of closure), but they are of different concepts.

Partial application transforms a function into another function with smaller arity.

`function sum1(x, y, z) {`

return sum2(x,y,z)

}

// to

function sum1(x) {

return (y,z) => {

return sum2(x,y,z)

}

}

For Currying, it would be like this:

`function sum1(x) {`

return (y) = > {

return (z) = > {

return sum2(x,y,z)

}

}

}

**Currying** creates nesting functions according to the number of the arguments of the function. Each function receives an argument. If there is no argument there is no currying.

To develop a function that takes a function and returns a curried function:

`function currying(fn, ...args) {`

return (..._arg) => {

return fn(...args, ..._arg);

}

}

The above function accepts a function (fn) that we want to curry and a variable number of parameters(…args). The rest operator is used to gather the number of parameters after fn into ...args.

Next, we return a function that also collects the rest of the parameters as …_args. This function invokes the original function fn passing in ...args and ..._args through the use of the spread operator as parameters, then, the value is returned to the user.

Now, we can use the above function to create curry function.

`function sum(a,b,c) {`

return a + b + c

}

let add = currying(sum,10);

add(20,90); // 120

add(70,60); // 140

Closure makes currying possible in JavaScript. I hope you have learned something new about currying!

Thanks for reading this article ♥️

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