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Microsoft and. Mobile Computing. Networking and Communications. Software Engineering. Special Topics. Web Programming. Introduced in ES5. Given an array, you can iterate over its properties using list. The difference with do ES introduced the for Notice the use of const. This loop creates a new scope in every iteration, so we can safely use that instead of let. JavaScript in the browser uses an event-driven programming model. Everything starts by following an event.

This section provides an introduction to JavaScript events and how event handling works. The event could be the DOM is loaded, or an asynchronous request that finishes fetching, or a user clicking an element or scrolling the page, or the user types on the keyboard.

You can register multiple handlers for the same event, and they will all be called when that event happens. This style of event handlers is very rarely used today, due to its constrains, but it was the only way in the early days of JavaScript: This is common when an object has at most one event handler, as there is no way to add multiple handlers in this case: This is the modern way. You can listen on window to intercept "global" events, like the usage of the keyboard, and you can listen on specific elements to check events happening on them, like a mouse click on a button.

Other properties are provided by specific kind of events, as Event is an interface for different specific events: For example when a KeyboardEvent happens, you can check which key was pressed, in a readable format Escape , Enter and so on by checking the key property: You want to track when users click on the button, and you have two event listeners, one on button , and one on container.

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Bubbling means that the event propagates from the item that was clicked the child up to all its parent tree, starting from the nearest one. In our example, the handler on button will fire before the container handler.

Capturing is the opposite: You can choose to adopt event capturing by applying a third argument to addEventListener, setting it to true: The order follows this principle: While doing so, it calls any event handler associated with the event capturing phase.

Once it reaches the target, it then repeats the journey up to the parents tree until the Window object, again calls the event handlers bubbling phase.

A click event on a will propagate to section and then body. You can stop the propagation by calling the stopPropagation method of an Event, usually at the end of the event handler: Of course in this case click is fired just before this event. Be careful with mousemove , as it fires many times during the mouse movement see throttling later.

The scroll event is fired on window every time you scroll the page. Inside the event handler you can check the current scrolling position by checking window. Keep in mind that this event is not a one-time thing. As we mentioned above, mousemove and scroll are two events that are not fired one-time per event, but rather they continuously call their event handler function during all the duration of the action.

If you perform a complex operation in the event handler, you will affect the performance and cause a sluggish experience to your site users. A simple and easy to understand implementation is this, which uses setTimeout to cache the scroll event every ms: This section aims to explain the inner details of how JavaScript works with a single thread, and how it handles asynchronous functions.

Your JavaScript code runs single threaded. There is just one thing happening at a time. You just need to pay attention to how you write your code and avoid anything that could block the thread, like synchronous network calls or infinite loops. In general, in most browsers there is an event loop for every browser tab, to make every process isolated and avoid a web page with infinite loops or heavy processing to block your entire browser.

The environment manages multiple concurrent event loops, to handle API calls for example. Web Workers run in their own event loop as well. You mainly need to be concerned that your code will run on a single event loop, and write code with this thing in mind to avoid blocking it. Any JavaScript code that takes too long to return back control to the event loop will block the execution of any JavaScript code in the page, even block the UI thread, and the user cannot click around, scroll the page, and so on.

Network requests, Node. While doing so, it adds any function call it finds, to the call stack and executes each one in order. You know the error stack trace you might be familiar with, in the debugger or in the browser console? The browser looks up the function names in the call stack to inform you which function originates the current call: When this code runs, first foo is called.

Inside foo we first call bar , then we call baz. JavaScript finds things to execute, runs them in order. Inside foo we first call setTimeout, passing bar as an argument, and we instruct it to run immediately as fast as it can, passing 0 as the timer. Then we call baz. When setTimeout is called, the Browser or Node. Once the timer expires, in this case immediately as we put 0 as the timeout, the callback function is put in the Message Queue.

The Message Queue is also where user-initiated events like click or keyboard events, or fetch responses are queued before your code has the opportunity to react to them. Or also DOM events like onLoad. For example, if you set the setTimeout timeout to 2 seconds, you don't have to wait 2 seconds - the wait happens elsewhere.

Promises that resolve before the current function ends will be executed right after the current function.

I find the analogy of a rollercoaster ride at an amusement park nicely explains it: JavaScript is synchronous by default, and is single threaded. This means that code cannot create new threads and run in parallel. In the current consumer computers, every program runs for a specific time slot, and then it stops its execution to let another program continue its execution.

When a program is waiting for a response from the network, it cannot halt the processor until the request finishes. Normally, programming languages are synchronous, and some provide a way to manage asynchronicity, in the language or through libraries. Some of them handle async by using threads, spawning a new process. JavaScript is synchronous by default and is single threaded. But JavaScript was born inside the browser, its main job, in the beginning, was to respond to user actions, like onClick , onMouseOver , onChange , onSubmit and so on.

How could it do this with a synchronous programming model? The answer was in its environment.

The browser provides a way to do it by providing a set of APIs that can handle this kind of functionality.

More recently, Node. This event handler accepts a function, which will be called when the event is triggered: We can do this because JavaScript has first-class functions, which can be assigned to variables and passed around to other functions called higher-order functions.

XHR requests also accept a callback. In this example, by assigning a function to a property that will be called when a particular event occurs in this case, the state of the request changes: How do you handle errors with callbacks? One very common strategy is to use what Node. If there is no error, the object is null. If there is an error, it contains some description of the error and other information.

However every callback adds a level of nesting, and when you have lots of callbacks, the code starts to be complicated very quickly: Starting with ES6, JavaScript introduced several features that help us with asynchronous code that do not involve using callbacks: Promises are one way to deal with asynchronous code in JavaScript, without writing too many callbacks in your code. A promise is commonly defined as a proxy for a value that will eventually become available. Promises are one way to deal with asynchronous code, without writing too many callbacks in your code.

Although being around since years, they have been standardized and introduced in ES, and now they have been superseded in ES by async functions. Once a promise has been called, it will start in pending state.

This means that the caller function continues the execution, while it waits for the promise to do its own processing, and give the caller function some feedback. At this point, the caller function waits for it to either return the promise in a resolved state , or in a rejected state , but the function continues its execution while the promise does its work.

In addition to your own code and libraries code, promises are used by standard modern Web APIs such as: As you can see the promise checks the done global constant, and if that's true, we return a resolved promise, otherwise a rejected promise. Using resolve and reject we can communicate back a value, and in the above case we just return a string, but it could be an object as well. Running checkIfItsDone will execute the isItDoneYet promise and will wait for it to resolve, using the then callback, and if there is an error, it will handle it in the catch callback.

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The Fetch API is a promise-based mechanism, and calling fetch is equivalent to defining our own promise using new Promise. In this example, we call fetch to get a list of TODO items from the todos. Running fetch returns a response , which has many properties, and within those we reference: So given those premises, this is what happens: This operation will cause the promise chain to skip all the chained promises listed and will skip directly to the catch statement at the bottom, logging the Request failed text along with the error message.

If that succeeds instead, it calls the json function we defined. Since the previous promise, when successful, returned the response object, we get it as an input to the second promise. In the example, in the previous section, we had a catch that was appended to the chain of promises. When anything in the chain of promises fails and raises an error or rejects the promise, the control goes to the nearest catch statement down the chain.

If inside the catch you raise an error, you can append a second catch to handle it, and so on. If you need to synchronize different promises, Promise.

You are not limited to using fetch of course, any promise is good to go. Async functions are a combination of promises and generators, and basically, they are a higher level abstraction over promises.

Let me repeat: When Promises were introduced in ES, they were meant to solve a problem with asynchronous code, and they did, but over the 2 years that separated ES and ES, it was clear that promises could not be the final solution. Promises were introduced to solve the famous callback hell problem, but they introduced complexity on their own, and syntax complexity. They were good primitives around which a better syntax could be exposed to the developers, so when the time was right we got async functions.

When you want to call this function you prepend await , and the calling code will stop until the promise is resolved or rejected. One caveat: Here's an example: Prepending the async keyword to any function means that the function will return a promise. As you can see in the example above, our code looks very simple. Compare it to code using plain promises, with chaining and callback functions.

And this is a very simple example, the major benefits will arise when the code is much more complex. Async functions can be chained very easily, and the syntax is much more readable than with plain promises: Debugging promises is hard because the debugger will not step over asynchronous code. There is one feature of JavaScript that might cause a few headaches to developers, related to loops and scoping.

It basically iterates and for 5 times it adds a function to an array called operations.

This function simply console logs the loop index variable i. Since var declarations are hoisted , the above code equals to. So, in the for-of loop, i is still visible, it's equal to 5 and every reference to i in the function is going to use this value.

The simplest solution is to use let declarations. Introduced in ES, they are a great help in avoiding some of the weird things about var declarations. Simply changing var to let in the loop variable is going to work fine: How is this possible? This works because on every loop iteration i is created as a new variable each time, and every function added to the operations array gets its own copy of i.

Keep in mind you cannot use const in this case, because there would be an error as for tries to assign a new value in the second iteration. In this case you can wrap the entire function and bind i to it.

Since in this way you're creating a function that immediately executes, you return a new function from it, so we can execute it later: When writing JavaScript code, you might want to delay the execution of a function. This is the job of setTimeout. You specify a callback function to execute later, and a value expressing how later you want it to run, in milliseconds: This syntax defines a new function.

You can call whatever other function you want in there, or you can pass an existing function name, and a set of parameters: This is generally not used, but you can store this id, and clear it if you want to delete this scheduled function execution: If you specify the timeout delay to 0 , the callback function will be executed as soon as possible, but after the current function execution: This is especially useful to avoid blocking the CPU on intensive tasks and let other functions execute while performing a heavy calculation, by queuing functions in the scheduler.

The function above runs every 2 seconds unless you tell it to stop, using clearInterval , passing it the interval id that setInterval returned: For example this code runs something unless App. Maybe the function takes different execution times, depending on network conditions for example: To avoid this, you can schedule a recursive setTimeout to be called when the callback function finishes: Outside any object, this in strict mode is always undefined.

Notice I mentioned strict mode. In this case, using a regular function, this is automatically bound to the object. Using call or apply , at the function invocation step: The first parameter you pass to call or apply is always bound to this. The difference between call and apply is just that the second one wants an array as the arguments list, while the first accepts a variable number of parameters, which passes as function arguments.

In event handlers callbacks, this refers to the HTML element that received the event: And in a different way , as enabling Strict Mode changes the semantics of the JavaScript language. Strict Mode mostly removes functionality that was possible in ES3, and deprecated since ES5 but not removed because of backwards compatibility requirements. Strict mode is optional.

So we have the 'use strict' directive we need to use to enable Strict Mode. You can put it at the beginning of a file, to apply it to all the code contained in the file: You can also enable Strict Mode for an individual function, by putting 'use strict' at the beginning of the function body: If you assign a value to an undeclared variable, JavaScript by default creates that variable on the global object: The same applies to Infinity, NaN, eval , arguments and more.

Also, sloppy mode allows to set properties on primitive values, without failing, but also without doing nothing at all: In sloppy mode, if you try to delete a property that you cannot delete, JavaScript simply returns false, while in Strict Mode, it raises a TypeError: Octal syntax in Strict Mode is disabled.

By default, prepending a 0 to a number compatible with the octal numeric format makes it sometimes confusingly interpreted as an octal number: You can still enable octal numbers in Strict Mode using the 0oXX syntax: Strict Mode disables the with keyword, to remove some edge cases and allow more optimization at the compiler level. An Immediately-invoked Function Expression is a way to execute functions immediately, as soon as they are created.

We basically have a function defined inside parentheses, and then we append to execute that function: Those wrapping parentheses are actually what make our function, internally, be considered an expression. You could also put the invoking parentheses inside the expression parentheses, there is no difference, just a styling preference: An IIFE can also be named regular functions not arrow functions.

This prevents issues when blindly concatenating two JavaScript files. Since JavaScript does not require semicolons, you might concatenate with a file with some statements in its last line that causes a syntax error. Performing math operations and calculus is a very common thing to do with any programming language. JavaScript offers several operators to help us work with numbers. If you divide by zero, JavaScript does not raise any error but returns the Infinity value or -Infinity if the value is negative.

A reminder by zero is always NaN , a special value that means "Not a Number": Increment a number. This is a unary operator, and if put before the number, it returns the value incremented. If the operand is not a number, it tries to convert it. Otherwise if the operand is already a number, it does nothing. The result is 2. What operations are executed first, and which need to wait? Some operations have more precedence than the others. The precedence rules are listed as follows: The Math object contains lots of utilities math-related.

While Node. Every major decision such as a module system must be first standardized by ECMAScript and then implemented by the browser. This standardization process completed with ES6 and browsers started implementing this standard trying to keep everything well aligned, working all in the same way, and now ES Modules are supported in Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox since version Modules are very cool, because they let you encapsulate all sorts of functionality, and expose this functionality to other JavaScript files as libraries.

A module is a JavaScript file that exports one or more value objects, functions or variables , using the export keyword. For example, this module exports a function that returns a string uppercase: In this example, the module defines a single, default export , so it can be an anonymous function. Otherwise it would need a name to distinguish it from other exports. Now, any other JavaScript module can import the functionality offered by uppercase. In this example, the uppercase. You can also use an absolute path for the module import, to reference modules defined on another domain: This creates one default export.

In a file however you can export more than one thing, by using this syntax: You can import the default export, and any non-default export by name, like in this common React import: You can check an ES Modules example on https: Modules are fetched using CORS.

This means that if you reference scripts from other domains, they must have a valid CORS header that allows cross-site loading like Access-Control-Allow-Origin: ES Modules are one of the biggest features introduced in modern browsers.

They are part of ES6 but the road to implement them has been long. We can now use them!

Webpack is probably going to still be a huge player even if ES Modules land in the browser, but having such a feature directly built in the language is huge for a unification of how modules work in the client-side and on Node.

The CommonJS module specification is the standard used in Node. They let you create clearly separate and reusable snippets of functionality, each testable on its own. In CommonJS, modules are loaded synchronously, and processed in the order the JavaScript runtime finds them. This system was born with server-side JavaScript in mind, and is not suitable for the client-side this is why ES Modules were introduced.

A JavaScript file is a module when it exports one or more of the symbols it defines, being them variables, functions, objects: A simple example can be found in this Glitch. To end with, a guide to a few terms used in frontend development that might be alien to you.

Code is asynchronous when you initiate something, forget about it, and when the result is ready you get it back without having to wait for it. The typical example is an AJAX call, which might take even seconds and in the meantime you complete other stuff, and when the response is ready, the callback function gets called.

An if statement contains a block, a for loop contains a block. With Function Scoping, any variable defined in a block is visible and accessible from inside the whole block, but not outside of it. A declarative approach is when you tell the machine what you need to do, and you let it figure out the details.

React is considered declarative, as you reason about abstractions rather than editing the DOM directly. Every high level programming language is more declarative than a low level programming language like Assembler. JavaScript is more declarative than C. HTML is declarative. For example a user that browses with JavaScript disabled should be able to have a fallback to a plain HTML version of the page.

Or for a browser that has not implemented an API, you should have a fallback to avoid completely breaking the experience of the user. With Function Scoping, any variable defined in a function is visible and accessible from inside the whole function.

A mutable variable can be changed. The same applies to objects and arrays. Lexical Scoping is a particular kind of scoping where variables of a parent function are made available to inner functions as well. The scope of an inner function also includes the scope of a parent function.

A polyfill is a way to provide new functionality available in modern JavaScript or a modern browser API to older browsers.

A polyfill is a particular kind of shim. A function that has no side effects does not modify external resources , and its output is only determined by the arguments. You could call this function 1M times, and given the same set of arguments, the output will always be the same.

JavaScript with var and let declaration allows you to reassign a variable indefinitely. With const declarations you effectively declare an immutable value for strings, integers, booleans, and an object that cannot be reassigned but you can still modify it through its methods.

A shim is a little wrapper around a functionality, or API. You can consider it like a compatibility layer. A side effect is when a function interacts with some other function or object outside it.

Interaction with the network or the file system, or with the UI, are all side effects. State usually comes into play when talking about Components. A stateful component, function or class manages its own state data. It could store an array, a counter or anything else. This implies that pure functions are stateless. Learn Forum News. Welcome to freeCodeCamp News. This is a free, open source, no-ads place to cross-post your blog articles.

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