A JavaScript Invoke Function

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Update: Now available on github and npm.

Under certain functional JavaScript toolbelts, we can find a utility that is used purely for invoking a method on a passed in object. The utility is a really simple snippet that can be used in a number of different circumstances.

var __slice = Array.prototype.slice;

var invoke = function (method /*, ...args */) {
  var args = __slice.call(arguments, 1);

  return function (obj /*, ..args */) {
    return obj[method].apply(obj, args.concat(__slice.call(arguments, 1)));

The most useful situation for a utility such as this is in combination with other functional utilities and iterators. Consider the case where we have an array of objects with identical methods. Not uncommon in a complex MVC application where you may be tracking child views. To remove every child view, we need to iterate over an array of views and call remove.

var children = [
  /* ... */


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