JavaScript is the original and common name applied towards most flavors of a scripting language that originated on NetScape Navigator. Use this tag for questions regarding common implementations of ECMAScript, JavaScript, JScript, etc. JS does not typically refer to its ECMA-cousin, ActionScript.

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How do you unit test a function that clears properties?

I have a very common function that I have always unit tested in the same way, but I'm wondering if there is a better solution or if it's even possible a code smell is involved. It seems like a very ...
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The Better Parts and Delegation: Is Crockford Too Extreme?

Douglas Crockford has recently been giving a talk called The Better Parts. The gist of the talk is that JavaScript developers should actually avoid a superset of the The Bad Parts, which now includes ...
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What programming mindset to have towards JavaScript? [duplicate]

I used to program in Java. As a result of that I got well-versed with Object Oriented Paradigm. In my opinion it is a great approach to programming because it's easy to unit test, use design patterns, ...
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Is having a parent controller to manage a set of tabbed sections an anti-pattern for an angular application?

A lot of times, I have long forms that I divide into multiple tabbed sections. Each section is managed by it's own controller and there is a parent controller that manages the whole view. I use ...
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AJAX - What exactly does that encompass? [closed]

So I see on a lot of people's resumes they list AJAX in their technologies (or programming languages - and I recognize that it is not a language). To me, AJAX seems like such a small concept to be ...
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Compose nested EventEmitters elegantly

I am developing a server-side JavaScript tool, and trying to do so in a modular way. I have a Parser class that is an EventEmitter - you call parse and it will eventually emit data and end events. It ...
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(jQuery) What is wrong with methods such as .append?

tl;dr: What is wrong with the efficiency of methods such as .append() and what can be alternatives to this? Explanation: Hello everyone. I occasionally have to build A/B tests for websites, which ...
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Porting an algorithm implementation licensed under GNU GPL v3

I'm working on a JavaScript port of a red-black tree implementation in Java from the book Algorithms 4th Edition, by Sedgewick and Wayne. I believe that my JavaScript port qualifies as a derivative ...
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Easy way to make old javascript files conform to new quoting standard?

We've just started putting linting in place at my workplace, and a lot of the devs didn't realize our standards called for double-quotes everywhere. About 50% of the codebase uses single-quotes, so ...
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What is the best way to format complex SQL queries in Node?

I am using node-mysql to query a MySQL database via Express and Node. My queries are getting fairly complex and I want to format them across multiple lines. However, the only way I could accomplish ...
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Running an HTML/JS/CSS only app on Android without external Phonegap/Cordova etc

Is it possible to run a small and simple game on android using only CSS/JS/HTML? E.g I have built a small game using the all too known 3 folder stucture and I was wondering if there is any easy way ...
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XSLT equivalent for JSON

I was interested in finding (or if necessary developing) an XSLT equivalent for JSON. As I have not found any, I was considering the possible query language to use for matching JSON paths so as to ...
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Use cases and usage patterns of futures vs callbacks

I've become interested in futures lately, mostly due to their inclusion in standard C++ - but I see there is an active debate over futures vs. callbacks in many programming areas, such as Node.js. ...
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Unit Testing a stateful framework such as Phaser?

I'm currently writing a game in TypeScript and the Phaser framework. Phaser describes itself as an HTML5 game framework that tries as little as possible to restrict the structure of your code. This ...
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What do you mean by Javascript component development? [closed]

I was recently asked by a recruiter if i knew component development with javascript. Since i was hearing this for the first time, i said i had no idea regarding it. I google it and got very few ...
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What exactly is the meaning of “node” in Document Object Model (DOM)?

I've searched for the definition of a "node" in a programming language and I am still finding it hard to understand. Could anyone advice me in simple, layman's terms: What is a node?
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Front-end or Back-end Implementation of API? [closed]

Lets say I want to implement an API from an external website, for example like Dribbble or Last.fm. I'm fairly new to this new generation of front-end MVC's (angular, etc), and most example's I've ...
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Is there a way to handle shared javascript assets in Spring?

I'm familiar with MVC web frameworks and lately very familiar with Symfony2. I want to start learning Spring, and the first practical problem I would like to try to solve is handling the reuse of ...
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Incorporating web designer's into a rails app

I have a designer who has great knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript (Not jQuery or AJAX though). He gives me his designs in those files and I have to incorporate it into my apps. The site is not ...
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Does class Availability makes programming as Object Oriented Language? [duplicate]

Does class Availability makes programming as Object Oriented Language ? Most of the people think that if there is Availability Class in a language, then that language becomes Object Oriented. Is it ...
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moving around virtual keyboard

I'm creating virtual keyboard using javascript/html/css. And I can't find a good algorithm for moving from one button to another in different directions (top-bottom, left-right). Lets say I ...
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Which languages have the best support for stackful coroutines? [closed]

Various languages support (some flavor of) coroutines. One way to discriminate coroutines is whether they are stackful or not (terminology based on Ana Lucia de Moura; Roberto Ierusalimschy (2004). ...
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URLs in javascript in the browser

We are trying to continually improve our source code base and a question came up recently which throws open a new area to improvement. Where best to put URLs that are needed in JavaScript? Do we put ...
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Why is the use of JavaScript in HREF attributes discouraged?

Disclaimer: I came to Programmers.SE to ask this question because I understand this is the place to ask this type of question, and not necessarily stackoverflow. If I am wrong, please close the ...
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What are the advantages of using async JavaScript modules (like AMD) for traditional sites?

This is specific to JS in the browser for a traditional multi-page site (i.e. not a single-page app). For single-page apps, the advantages are pretty clear: the main view page is going to be ...
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Callback functions: Semantics and maintainability, when they aren't necessary [duplicate]

Within the context of JavaScript/Node.JS; Will using Callback functions improve the maintainability of source code, when there is no need for async programming? For example does the plain code sound ...
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Managing Login Authentication/Webpage session: Can client side javascript/JQuery access either a session variable or json variable in html?

Short version: A variable is stored in a session variable req.session.userName and also in the json sent with res.render('/', {username: value}). How can I access either of those variables from inside ...
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How to introduce Google Analytics code in a modular way?

We are working on a very large codebase. It's basically a web-based operating system, with its own file system and applications. The system's UIs are generated dynamically with Javascript. We've ...
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Naming self or this something else, a good idea?

I'm finding that my code becomes more readable when I make a local reference to this/self, and/or call it something that makes sense in the context. "self" or "this" doesn't really indicate what kind ...
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Programming CPU Emulator Functional Style [closed]

I want to write an 8086 CPU emulator in javascript, functional style. How would one conceptualise / design an 8086 emulator, or any CPU emulator that has registers and realmode memory access in a ...
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Why do browser Javascript libraries pass the window object as an argument?

While looking at various JavaScript libraries, I have noticed a relatively common practice of passing either the window or the document object as part of the arguments given to the library ...
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Every function is a closure?

Wikipedia says, that closure - is a function, which has an access to variables, declared outside of the function. There is even an example: function startAt(x) function incrementBy(y) ...
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Detect touch sizes on screen [closed]

Is it something possible to detect touch boundaries on a screen? My real question is relative to Javascript and Touch Events, but even speaking of common software (a regular application rather than a ...
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Can/should objects share methods in certain circumstances?

I am currently working on a web application that is supposed to resemble an operating system with GUI (it manages processes and windows). I have several constructors which deal with different aspects ...
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Functional programming pattern for async JavaScript code

I have adopted a pattern in one of my projects that I really like and I suspect it's likely to be something standard. I'd like to describe it here and see if you guys can tell me how other ...
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memory needed to store a function in javascript

I have been using sizeof.js to investigate the size of various objects in javascript. It appears from this that the size of a function is essentially zero bytes, regardless of how many instructions ...
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How to debug minified javascript on production? [closed]

I have a front end single page app deployed on S3. It is minified on production. It creates error only when it is minified via grunt on production. I cannot repro the issue in dev. How do I go about ...
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Which of these is the better way to structure functions in JavaScript?

I am new to programming (self teaching Javascript so I am missing some of the basics). I'm not sure if this falls under a style or best-practice question. When writing a function that will be used ...
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Should I use composition or inheritance for sharing configuration items?

I'm working on a fairly new project where I'd like to share some config items used by a JavaScript plugin. Specifically, the project is using jQuery dataTables and I want to find a good way of sharing ...
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How to detect subtle changes in a website?

My friend and I were discussing a script for automating a certain task and the solution involved using Selenium to automate the pressing of certain buttons. However when we click the send button of ...
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Distributed vs Centralised configuration

We're building an app based on Flux/React - and we're trying to establish a scalable pattern for configuring routes and registering dependencies. The two approaches we have can be broadly categorised ...
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Languages for gaming website [closed]

So I'm a 15 year old trying to teach myself how to code because I'm deeply interested in it. I would like to one day be able to have my own games website, with little games I'd write. I have a little ...
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Is vanilla JS still considered a library?

I very recently found out that VanillaJS (document?) is a library that's just bundled with 99% browsers and isn't exactly native JavaScript (shock of my life). While writing a lib of my own I normally ...
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negative boolean expressions and eager boolean OR

I come across these kinds of expressions and I have hard time reading it. How do you read it properly to see if it is the right logic when debugging. if (!(userLoggedIn || isAdmin)) { ...
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How-To: a browser based, real time, shared memory inspection/debugger application [closed]

Background: I have a C application running under Linux utilizing shared memory. I also have a debugger written in Python that can link to said shared memory and access individual variable values of ...
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How to respond with error message when making AJAX calls

I have an app that wasn't written by myself. If there is an error such as an invalid ID given as a parameter, I would return something like: (200 code) { "success": 0, "error": "The row ...
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How to avoid module dependency chain nightmare caused by transitive dependencies?

Many (most?) AngularJS folks seem to advocate for breaking AngularJS apps up into many modules. Brian Ford in his blog already states that packaging by layer (controller, service, etc.) is a "silly" ...
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Practices for organizing JavaScript AMD imports

Our company has been using newer versions of the Dojo framework, which have progressed to an AMD-based loader format. I'm currently trying to find logical ways to separate layer files, taking a module ...
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Overwriting and returning the value of the argument used as conditional of an if statement, inside the same if statement

A simplified example: function logTheColor (color){ if(color == "red"){ color = "The color is red " } else if (color == "yellow") { color = "The color is yellow " } else { ...
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Do you spend your effort to reuse obsolete unit tests or rewrite them entirely? [closed]

I have this javascript project which has a unit test suite(about 200unit tests) that covers about 11.31% of the code that it was testing. The project has evolved greatly but the unit tests where never ...