A couple of handpicked lessons to start understanding JS in depth
When using recursion, you must be mindful of the dreaded
infinite loop. Using the recursive function that we’ve built up over the previous lessons, we look at how a simple duplicated configuration item could cause chaos for our program as it has no context of which items it has previously seen. We fix this problem by introducing a
parents array, which can keep track of which top-level commands have already been accessed.
Array filter creates a new array with all elements that pass the test implemented by the provided function. In this lesson we discuss how only a truthy or falsey value is required as the return value to the function, which in turns allows us to be creative in how we perform the filter. We end the lesson by looking at an example showing how chaining multiple array methods together can lead to very nice, declarative code.
Mocha is a testing framework that provides structure for unit tests. In this lesson, we will be setting up Mocha with npm and npm scripts, writing a "Hello World" unit test, then writing the code to make the test pass (as an example of Test Driven Development (TDD), with the "red-green-refactor" workflow).
By making use of closures and lexical scope, we can achieve "private" properties by returning objects with methods from a factory function. By defining our desired "private" variables within our factory function and accessing these variables from within our returned object's methods we create a closure and maintain unique, separate references to our "private" variables.