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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Backbone/JQuery, ExtJs 4… is there something else worth looking?

Im currently evaluating a front-end architecture for a big app that will be developed by a team of about 6 developers + 1 web designer so that said, having a robust SVN friendly architecture is a ...
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Is JavaScript safe? [closed]

My company has been developing a site for a very large company. The site is now live, and it has received its fair share of hits. The site relies enough on JavaScript to make far less aesthetically ...
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What is the normative (best) use of Javascript arguments object [closed]

JS offers the 'arguments' object inside of functions to represent all passed arguments. Is there any broadly accepted concept for when/where this should be used? I've seen items like this in the ...
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Is class with callbacks a code smell in JavaScript? [closed]

When writing JavaScript (especially in node.js), I tend to use plain functions and callbacks. However, sometimes there's some context to share between some functions and I don't like to pass this ...
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Is $.proxy a code smell?

I've been writing most of my javascript applications in an OO style close to what I would use for most other languages. However, this means that most callbacks need to have a reference to an object, ...
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Genetic programming [closed]

I recently was browsing Reddit and came across a post linking to a "JavaScript genetic algorithm" example. I've really been fascinated with the concepts of genetic algorithms and programming, however ...
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Ajax call or js to update a cart price

I am building a cart in Java and would like to give users the ability to update the quantity and see the new price instantly. I am using BigDecimal on the back-end for complete accuracy, but the ajax ...
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Building web apps in server-side vs client-side vs hybrid? [closed]

There are currently multiple approaches for building web applications: 1. Server-side only This is a classical approach where you render pages on the server by a web framework like Ruby on Rails, ...
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What are the tecnhical reasons for email HTML, CSS, Javascript limitations and their persistance [closed]

If you've ever made a custom email you'll know that there are significant limitations in you need to be aware of. The most obvious limitations being: No support for Javascript in emails No support ...
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Falsey values vs null, undefned, or empty string

I've worked with jQuery over the years. However, recently, I've found myself getting deeper into the JavaScript language. Recently, I've heard about "truthy" and falsey values. However, I don't fully ...
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Dealing with browser cache in single-page apps

I'm trying to figure out how to properly handle the web browser cache for single page apps. I have a fairly typical design: several HTML, JS and CSS files implementing the SPA, and a bunch of JSON ...
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Declaring many times: script type=“text/javascript”

Trying to clear my HTML code, is it correct if in my web page I declare many blocks of <script> . Like this: <script type="text/javascript"> ... ... </script> <script ...
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Should there only be one controller per page within a JavaScript-based MVC architecture?

Let's say that I create a page in my marketplace web application where buyers can see a catalog of all products offered by some or all sellers or sellers can see just their own products in a preview ...
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Using Singletons in JS with workers

I'm building a javascript application that does continuous drawing, but relies on asynchronous scripts in the background which also need to poll for events and write to "global variables". This got me ...
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Scale parts of image to fill bezier path with no wastage

I want to be able to take an image and stretch/contract each pixel row (or 5 rows for performance) to fit within a curved shape. I've been searching for this for the last few days and have turned up ...
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What constitutes “Proper use” of the javascript Eval feature?

Eval is a notoriously controversial language feature. Douglas Crockford flat out rejects it. I'm wondering what specific risks Eval brings about. According to this question, Improper use of eval ...
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How to lock/unlock a button based on tweeting

I have a button that will be disabled until you send out a tweet that I have crafted. Only users with twitter accounts will have access to this, and I will require users to sign-in to be able to ...
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How can I put multiple hierarchical forms in a single web page and avoid making it a mess?

We are a group of developers working on a web application that accepts forms filled and sent by our users and present it in an overall view. Our main form view looks like this: There are multiple ...
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In Node.js, are non-blocking constructs usually preferable to blocking ones?

Is the following a statement of best practices in Node.js with regard to web applications? If not, how could it be improved? The statement The lifecycle of any web app has at least two phases: a ...
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When a task can be accomplished by either Javascript or CSS, is it better to use CSS? [closed]

I always veto JavaScript by using CSS as much as possible. i.e. I create tabs and rollover buttons using CSS rather than JavaScript. I have seen some solutions—specifically the Wt ...
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From a technical point of view, could JavaScript be compiled instead of interpreted?

The question title speaks for itself. I'm specifically thinking in terms of a Node.js server. Additionally, this question is assuming that you don't need eval(). Also, if this is not possible, why ...
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What is the “best practice” for converting an external API's data structure?

When an API's data structure does not fit well with an angular app, I am trying to determine the best-practice in my specific design and implementation for converting it to a usable structure. I was ...
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Finding “spare time” in a day from within a list of events

I have a list of events which is always sorted chronologically. The start time is always followed by the end time. Times are strings formatted as 'HHmmss'. // list of events var events = [ ...
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Cheerp — C++ for web: advance or regression? [closed]

Recently I've run into Cheerp, a C++ to Javascript compiler, which uses a modified version of clang to generate Javascript code from C++ sources. That makes me wonder: why in the seven kingdoms would ...
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Is client side JavaScript capable of replicating the Node.JS module loading system?

I like the Node.JS style of JavaScript, where I can write all of my functionalities into smaller files and then require those neatly from within my code. I'm even thinking about trying to write a ...
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Confused about javascript module pattern implementation

I have a class written on a project I'm working on that I've been told is using the module pattern, but it's doing things a little differently than the examples I've seen. It basically takes this ...
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Changing CSS classes when different strings are displayed in a text element with jQuery [closed]

I'm just wondering if this method would be possible using jQuery HTML and PHP. Basically I have a filtering system were products are listed, some have different attribute values such as Hatchback for ...
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What is the use of the prefix “for(;;);” in an Ajax response

After using the chrome debugger to inspect the ajax requests of Facebook (for curiosity), I noticed that the response is in JSON, however it is always prefixed with for(;;); In example, if the JSON ...
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JS closures - Passing a function to a child, how should the shared object be accessed

I have a design and am wondering what the appropriate way to access variables is. I'll demonstrate with this example since I can't seem to describe it better than the title. Term is an object ...
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Is this JS code a good way for defining class with private methods?

I was recently browsing a open source JavaScript project. The project is a straight port from another project in C language. It mostly use static methods, packed together in classes. Most classes are ...
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What stops HTML5 and JS apps to perform as good as native apps?

From what I understand, HTML is a mark-up language, so is the content of XAML, XIB and whatever Android uses and other native UI development frameworks. JavaScript is a programming language used ...
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When to use event.initMouseEvent for simulating mouse clicks?

I wonder if there are benign use-cases for simulating mouse clicks using event.initMouseEvent. I found that it is used for creating pop-under ads in the following way: var e = ...
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How would I implement this application idea? [closed]

I am a D&D gamer and a developer that has mostly worked with ASP.NET applications professionally. I have written some chat bots in Node.js and I have only played a little with PHP but wrote ...
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Should I place functions that are only used in one other function, within that function?

Specifically, I'm writing in JavaScript. Let's say my primary function is Function A. If Function A makes several calls to Function B, but Function B is not used anywhere else, then should I just ...
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Uniform variable naming across HTML, CSS and JS

I'm sorry if this is opinion based, but how do you guys make sure that HTML, CSS and JS have uniform variable naming? I use vim, but I don't know if IDEs are smart enough to do this on their own. In ...
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Deleting dynamic elements from a database [closed]

I have a select dropdown, with '+' and '-' buttons that add and remove items before submission. I would like to be able to remove the elements with the '-' button after they have been added to the ...
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JS design pattern/algorithm for avoiding duplicate redraws in a fairly coupled system

Given: some sort of widget based web app lots of JS functionality high coupling (communication/callbacks between widgets) widgets draw themselves certain widgets need to do a complete and fairly ...
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How to add document directory path in javascript file in iOS -MetaIO SDK

I am working on a project using MetaIO SDK (AREL). It works fine with all the files in the package (ipa), but I'm trying to download an animation automatically using a web service. It will be ...
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Old Browsers and Polyfills

Polyfilling, when is it too much? I've summed up this question into one sentance. Is it practical to polyfill all of the IE8 deficiencies with one solid javascript file, as in, would there be any ...
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Ideal & idomatic javascript interface for RESTful API

I am trying to write an angular service to interface with a RESTful API. For sake of simplicity, lets assume the API is + Company |___+ Department | |____ Person | |____ Person Notice how ...
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Should I parse XML on the server or provide a proxy and let the browser parse it?

I need to interface with a 3rd party API. With this API I make a GET request from within the end user's browser and receive an XML response. This data is to be used in a browser based application ...
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Is splitting up a function into several inner functions an anti-pattern? [duplicate]

Imagine a long and complicated process, which is started by calling function foo(). There are several consecutive steps in this process, each of them depending on result of the previous step. The ...
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How to develop cross platform mobile applications with native UI and Javascript backend?

I want to build a cross platform(Android, iOS, Windows) mobile application. I want the UX of the application to be different on the different platforms so that it will be more platform specific and ...
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Best practice for storing information from a php script for future use

My employer uses forms to help people search for products. The product lists can change from time to time and the forms need to be updated again. The product information can be accessed through a ...
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How are some IEEE 754 floats printed succinctly?

Using this calculator, I can see how the decimal ".8" and the expression ".7 + .1" have different representations: .8 = 1.1001100110011001100110011001100110011001100110011010 *2-1 .7 + .1 = ...
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Should the check correctness of a time constrained puzzle game application be done on the server side?

I am working on an application where a user has to complete a puzzle and check within a given time limit. This is an HTML5 based game, I can't keep the solution on the client side. but I also want ...
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JavaScript Compression and Caching of Assets

I'm working on an idea that i can't seem to find a good answer though hours and hours of searching, I'm planning a small Canvas/WebGL Application this application will be using WebSockets to talk to ...
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Alternatives to the use of the Id/Name properties with non-inputs elements in HTML

I'm migrating a website that use Javacsript/HTML/PHP using reusable javascript code, in certain moment I saw the opportunity to simplify code in functions that use almost the same code. Let's say: I ...
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Why do C# developers newline opening brackets? [closed]

I've spent most of the last several years working mainly with C# and SQL. Every programmer I've worked with over that time was in the habit of placing the opening brace of a function or control flow ...
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Why is the JavaScript-language different in different programs/sites? [closed]

I'm kind of new to programming and i have a question that's been bothering me for awhile. Why is the JavaScript-language different in different programs/sites. I've used Codecademy to practice and ...