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Old 06-06-2005, 01:13 PM   #1
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passing variables by reference in javascript


In javascript, can you pass variables by reference? I only way i know how is to wrap them into an object is there a less hacked way to do this?


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I know more about java than about javascript (another way of saying I know very few about javascript) but wrapping the variable into an object sounds fine for me.
Old 06-07-2005, 11:34 PM   #3
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Yes, in javascript everything is an object (no primitive there) and paramter passing are done by reference.
Take a look at the following code.
function s(a) {
d = new Date();
v = d;
There is also a nice feature in JavaSctipt. You can make anonymous classes and pass them to a function. In the following exemple an object with 2 properties and a method are passes to setup method.
This code is borrowed from jscalendar 1.0 (The coolest datepicker in the worl).
      flat         : "calendar-container", // ID of the parent element
      flatCallback : dateChanged,          // our callback function
      dateStatusFunc : function(date, y, m, d) {
                         if (dateIsSpecial(y, m, d)) return "special";
                         else return false; // other dates are enabled
                         // return true if you want to disable other dates


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