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1 point by evanrmurphy 2567 days ago | link | parent

> With "var bar = function() { ... };", I bet you run into self-recursion issues. Unless I'm mistaken, the variable "bar" isn't in the scope of the closure.

You're right, thanks for the correction. There is an alternative to the "function bar() { ... }" syntax that allows for recursion, though:

  var bar;
  bar = function() {
    ...
  };
This is how CoffeeScript compiles function definitions, and it's what I meant to write. I'm not really sure yet about all the advantages and disadvantages when compared to the other format.

> You can probably disregard most of this rant, 'cause it's probably just as annoying either way.

Your rants are always welcome here! ^_^

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Update: Sorry, rocketnia. Reading your comment more carefully I see you already talked about this:

> I believe that kind of statement assigns to a variable that's implicitly declared at the top of the current scope, meaning it's visible to itself and all the other functions declared that way, without the need for a "var bar, foo; bar = ...; foo = ...;" idiom.

I guess whether you use the explicit var declaration is largely a matter of taste. Declaring all variables explicitly at the top of the scope more transparent, but less concise. I suppose since CoffeeScript tends to declare other variables at the top of the scope, including functions variables in that group allows for a certain consistency.