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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Common techniques to integrate social media login to a website that requires account registration

I have developed websites where users would register with a username of their choice and an entry would be created in a database table that holds their username and some sort of salted password. They ...
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How can I keep Web services requests in a DAO layer without tying the code to the DOM?

I'm working on a single page application on the node-webkit desktop app platform, which means 99.9% of all of the logic is written in JavaScript. Since this is a reboot of a project we're working on, ...
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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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JavaScript strict mode compatibility

While reading about strict mode on MDN I really was surprised to read the following near the end of the page, quote: Browsers don't reliably implement strict mode yet, so don't blindly depend on ...
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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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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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When to use a API/Library and when to write your own?

I am working on a large website and having been thinking a lot about when I should be using a 3rd party API/Library and when I should be writing my own implementation from scratch. There is no Library ...
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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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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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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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Using WebStorm for Razor Syntax MVC

I am building a lot of client-side heavy SPA-like apps with VS2010 and MVC3/4. VS2010 Javascript/HTML/CSS editing (mostly javascript) is interminably slow and sluggish. I'd love to use something ...
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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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Why does XMLHttpRequest not seem to follow a naming convention?

I've been working with the XMLHttpRequest object in JavaScript recently, and I couldn't help but notice that the casing of this name makes no sense. Why is 'XML' all in caps while 'Http' is not? ...
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Using π, φ, λ etc. as variable names while programming? [duplicate]

This is a function in the d3.v3.js file (the graph library D3.js): function d3_geo_areaRingStart() { var λ00, φ00, λ0, cosφ0, sinφ0; d3_geo_area.point = function(λ, φ) { ...
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Javascript storing data [closed]

Hi I am a beginner web developer and am trying to build the interface of a simple e-commerce site as a personal project.The site has multiple pages with checkboxes. When someone checks an element, it ...
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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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When not to use Google Web Toolkit? [closed]

I'm considering use of GWT on a major in-house web app development project, namely it's major advantage in my eyes is the cross-compilation to Javascript which would (at least theoretically) help my ...
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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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Design Patterns for Coordinating Change Event Listeners

I've been working with the Observer pattern in JavaScript using various popular libraries for a number of years (YUI & jQuery). It's often that I need to observe a set of property value changes ...
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Is it a bad idea to return different data types from a single function in a dynamically typed language?

My primary language is statically typed (Java). In Java, you have to return a single type from every method. For example, you can't have a method that conditionally returns a String or conditionally ...
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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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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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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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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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Are UML class diagrams adequate to design javascript systems?

Given that UML is oriented towards a more classic approach to object orientation, is it still usable in a reliable way to design javascript systems? One specific problem that I can see is that class ...
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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 doing Parent.call from the child object a right way to implement Inheritance in JavaScript?

I came across this piece of code it didnt look that right to me. Is it the right way to implement SUPER in javascript. if not what is the right way? function Person(name){ this.name = name; } ...
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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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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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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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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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Are promises suitable for Model Controller communication?

I have an Express app built with the Yeoman Angular fullstack generator to build an API to send JSON to Angular. I'm trying to work out the best way to pass back information from my model to my ...
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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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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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Application use on website

Is there a good way to run a C# application on clientside in lieu of JavaScript? I have done some front end work with JavaScript and backend C# for web developing at an old job, but I am interested in ...
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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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Can jQuery be used server side? [closed]

I know that you can use JavaScript server side with node.js, but can we use jQuery for backend as well?
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How to tell that a Javascript code already needs AMD (RequireJS, …)?

At some point code is complicated less if you introduce a new abstract than if you continue as it was. Some trigger should fire in a head of a programmer. Like, I was coding fine, but now I've added ...
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Is possible to create and download a video file via JavaScript, only on the client side?

Is possible to create and download a video file only on the client side? Suppose that we have an animated canvas like in this JSFIDDLE. Please see this snippet: ... var stop = false; ...
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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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Checking at javascript level vs checking in PHP?

Setup: We've got a form with default text values present within the text box itself which "goes away" when I click on them and enter a value (not if I dont enter a value). Currently the 'default' ...
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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 ...