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Help Me Understand This IIFE With XF Context

Discussion in 'XenForo Development Discussions' started by TheBigK, Apr 7, 2015.

  1. TheBigK

    TheBigK Well-Known Member

    I'm referring to the scratchpad.js which is a part of Kier's Scratchpad addon. The file starts with this -

    !function($, window, document, _undefined)

    I've following questions:-

    1. Why does it have "!" before function()? Is it not negating the private scope of stuff inside the function?

    2. Why is undefined variable written as _undefined? Is it just a way of writing or there's something more to it?

    3. Why do we have a namespace when we already are inside a function? [Does this question make sense?]

    This is the JS file:-

    /** @param {jQuery} $ jQuery Object */
    !function($, window, document, _undefined)
        // new namespace for this add-on: XenForo.Scratchpad
        XenForo.Scratchpad =
             * A bit like quick reply, but for scratchpad notes
             * @param jQuery form.ScratchpadQuickNote
            QuickNote: function($form)
                // bind a function onto the AutoValidationComplete event of the form AutoValidator
                $form.bind('AutoValidationComplete', function(e)
                    // check that templateHtml was received from the AJAX request
                    if (e.ajaxData.templateHtml)
                        // prevent the normal AutoValidator success message and redirect stuff
                        // hide the 'no notes' message if it's there, and when it is hidden...
                        $('#ScratchpadNoNotes').slideUp(XenForo.speed.fast, function()
                            // ... load any externals specified by the template, and when that's done...
                            new XenForo.ExtLoader(e.ajaxData, function()
                                // ... prepend the templateHtml into the notes area
                                $(e.ajaxData.templateHtml).xfInsert('prependTo', '#ScratchpadNewNotes');
                            // clear the textarea contents and refocus it
                            // set the 'date' input field to contain the date of the most recent post (from ajaxData)
                            // re-enable the submit button if it's been disabled
        // register the QuickNote functionality
        XenForo.register('form.ScratchpadQuickNote', 'XenForo.Scratchpad.QuickNote');
    (jQuery, this, document);
  2. HWS

    HWS Well-Known Member

    1) Using the ! operator before the function causes it to be treated as an expression, so we can call it "!function(){}()". This will also return the boolean opposite of the return value of the function, in this case true, because !undefined is true. In addition this also helps if a prior script has not been closed correctly, as it inserts a semicolon automatically.

    2) A variable can be written like the author wants to write it. In that script Kier seems to like to start it with an underscore.


    Or also:
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2015
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  3. TheBigK

    TheBigK Well-Known Member

    Thanks @HWS . I stumbled upon that article after posting my question. Still want to understand why namespace is being used? I gather that it's meant to keep the scope of variables private.
  4. Daniel Hood

    Daniel Hood Well-Known Member

    It keeps it organized. XenForo.ScratchPad is the add-on. The functions belonging to it should... belong to it.. instead of the XenForo namespace directly (for example everything in xenforo.js belongs to the XenForo namespace).

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