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JavaScript Module Pattern: In-Depth

JavaScript Module Pattern: In-Depth
The module pattern is a common JavaScript coding pattern. It’s generally well understood, but there are a number of advanced uses that have not gotten a lot of attention. In this article, I’ll review the basics and cover some truly remarkable advanced topics, including one which I think is original. The Basics We’ll start out with a simple overview of the module pattern, which has been well-known since Eric Miraglia (of YUI) first blogged about it three years ago. If you’re already familiar with the module pattern, feel free to skip ahead to “Advanced Patterns”. Anonymous Closures This is the fundamental construct that makes it all possible, and really is the single best feature of JavaScript. (function () { // ... all vars and functions are in this scope only // still maintains access to all globals }()); Notice the () around the anonymous function. Global Import JavaScript has a feature known as implied globals. Luckily, our anonymous function provides an easy alternative. Module Export

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