Home » Using var self = this or .bind(this)? [closed]

Using var self = this or .bind(this)? [closed]

Solutons:


Things that would favor var self = this;

  • bind isn’t supported in IE8 and Safari5. If you aim to build a library or code that supports legacy browsers, then var self = this would be more cross-browser friendly.

  • Sometimes, callbacks are bound to a certain context when executed like in the case of jQuery’s $.each where this is the current item. If you don’t want to lose this context but still want to have the parent context, then it’s another reason to use var self = this;.

  • Calling bind creates a brand new function with a forced context. This function creation step might be a performance issue in the large scale especially if you call bind inside a loop.

Reasons that would favor bind

  • Performance wouldn’t be an issue if you just created a bound function once and reused it in several places. Like you can create a bound function and call that bound function in a loop (instead of calling bind in a loop).

  • bind also alleviates you from doing call(customContext) or apply(customContext) explicitly all the time.

  • Scope lookup (looking for variables if not found in the current scope) can pose a performance problem especially in very deep scopes. You’ve probably heard of the tip “passing to local is better”.

I’m not saying bind is bad (I use them extensively myself). It just needs to be used in the right situations. Also, the performance issues for both might be so negligible, they can only be seen if you aim to do stuff in less than 16ms (do stuff in 60fps).

Just to add another alternative, instead of doing

var self = this;
something( function () {
    // callback stuff
} );

one can also do this:

( function( self ) {
    something( function () {
        // callback stuff
    } );
} )( this );

Is it better? It might depend. The downsides are another scope and a deeper level of indentation.

One upside is that it’s self-contained and the new scope avoids cluttering up the surriounding scope, though you can argue that in well-designed code there shouldn’t be too much code in one scope anyway.

One could also say it’s not too readable, though I personally would argue that bind( this ) really is that much more readable.

I just wanted to point out another option as having more options to choose from is generally a good thing.

Simple rule of thumb use bind if you don’t need to have a reference to the original this context. If the original this context is needed use a self variable obviously.

 $.ajax({
    url: '../Component/GetSearchFilters',
    success: function (response) {
        console.log("Outer scope:", this);
    }.bind(this)
});

vs

var me = this;
$.ajax({
    url: '../Component/GetSearchFilters',
    success: function (response) {
        console.log("Outer scope:", me);
    }
});

Using bind is slightly more consise and easier to read than the me variable but one way over the other really isn’t a big deal.

Related Solutions

Extract file from docker image?

You can extract files from an image with the following commands: docker create $image # returns container ID docker cp $container_id:$source_path $destination_path docker rm $container_id According to the docker create documentation, this doesn't run the...

Transfer files using scp: permission denied

Your commands are trying to put the new Document to the root (/) of your machine. What you want to do is to transfer them to your home directory (since you have no permissions to write to /). If path to your home is something like /home/erez try the following:...

What’s the purpose of DH Parameters?

What exactly is the purpose of these DH Parameters? These parameters define how OpenSSL performs the Diffie-Hellman (DH) key-exchange. As you stated correctly they include a field prime p and a generator g. The purpose of the availability to customize these...

How to rsync multiple source folders

You can pass multiple source arguments. rsync -a /etc/fstab /home/user/download bkp This creates bkp/fstab and bkp/download, like the separate commands you gave. It may be desirable to preserve the source structure instead. To do this, use / as the source and...

Benefits of Structured Logging vs basic logging

There are two fundamental advances with the structured approach that can't be emulated using text logs without (sometimes extreme levels of) additional effort. Event Types When you write two events with log4net like: log.Debug("Disk quota {0} exceeded by user...

Interfaces vs Types in TypeScript

2019 Update The current answers and the official documentation are outdated. And for those new to TypeScript, the terminology used isn't clear without examples. Below is a list of up-to-date differences. 1. Objects / Functions Both can be used to describe the...

Get total as you type with added column (append) using jQuery

One issue if that the newly-added column id's are missing the id number. If you look at the id, it only shows "price-", when it should probably be "price-2-1", since the original ones are "price-1", and the original ones should probably be something like...

Determining if a file is a hard link or symbolic link?

Jim's answer explains how to test for a symlink: by using test's -L test. But testing for a "hard link" is, well, strictly speaking not what you want. Hard links work because of how Unix handles files: each file is represented by a single inode. Then a single...

How to restrict a Google search to results of a specific language?

You can do that using the advanced search options: http://www.googleguide.com/sharpening_queries.html I also found this, which might work for you: http://www.searchenginejournal.com/how-to-see-google-search-results-for-other-locations/25203/ Just wanted to add...

Random map generation

Among the many other related questions on the site, there's an often linked article for map generation: Polygonal Map Generation for Games you can glean some good strategies from that article, but it can't really be used as is. While not a tutorial, there's an...

How to prettyprint a JSON file?

The json module already implements some basic pretty printing in the dump and dumps functions, with the indent parameter that specifies how many spaces to indent by: >>> import json >>> >>> your_json = '["foo", {"bar":["baz", null,...

How can I avoid the battery charging when connected via USB?

I have an Android 4.0.3 phone without root access so can't test any of this but let me point you to /sys/class/power_supply/battery/ which gives some info/control over charging issues. In particular there is charging_enabled which gives the current state (0 not...

How to transform given dataset in python? [closed]

From your expected result, it appears that each "group" is based on contiguous id values. For this, you can use the compare-cumsum-groupby pattern, and then use agg to get the min and max values. # Sample data. df = pd.DataFrame( {'id': [1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1,...

Output of the following C++ Program [closed]

It works exactly like this non-recursive translation: int func_0() { return 2; } int func_1() { return 3; } int func_2() { return func_1() + func_0(); } // Returns 3 + 2 = 5 int func_3() { return func_2() + func_1(); } // Returns 5 + 3 = 8 int func_4() { return...

Making a circle out of . (periods) [closed]

Here's the maths and even an example program in C: http://pixwiki.bafsoft.com/mags/5/articles/circle/sincos.htm (link no longer exists). And position: absolute, left and top will let you draw: http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS2/visuren.html#choose-position Any further...

Should I use a code converter (Python to C++)?

Generally it's an awful way to write code, and does not guarantee that it will be any faster. Things which are simple and fast in one language can be complex and slow in another. You're better off either learning how to write fast Python code or learning C++...

tkinter: cannot concatenate ‘str’ and ‘float’ objects

This one line is more than enough to cause the problem: text="რეგულარი >> "+2.23+ 'GEL' 2.23 is a floating-point value; 'GEL' is a string. What does it mean to add an arithmetic value and a string of letters? If you want the string label 'რეგულარი...