Immutable.js Map set vs update

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I would like to change a value at a key in a Map I have. Other than the fact that using update will give me an error if the key I ask to update doesn't exist, what benefit is there (if any) to using update over set? I find set to be significantly more concise/cleaner. In fact, based on the documentation one could (blindly) argue that set is actually more efficient than update since set doesn't have to perform the get for the updater function.




update is more powerful when your new value is the result of a transform of the current value:

const inc = (x) => (x + 1)
const m = Immutable.Map({a: 1, b: 2, c: 3})
m.update('b', inc) #=> {a: 1, b: 3, c: 3})

vs. with set:

m.set('b', inc(m.get('b'))

This example is pretty trivial, but the pattern of applying transforms to your data in this way becomes more common when you start building your algorithms around your data (as in FP) instead of the other way around. I’ve done things before in a game like game.update('player', moveLeft).

If you know what the new value is, though, then just use set as update(key, x => val) is rather silly.