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Chaining JavaScript Functions

J Miller
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I was wondering if there is a way in JavaScript to make sure that one function doesn't run until a previous one is finished. Generally, it isn't a problem. But I do run some functions in my work that take a few seconds to complete. And by then the next function in the line has already started. Problem is the second function might be reliant on data from the first. Take this example code for example:





If you open up your console and run this, you'll notice that it prints all of the numbers from the B loop before the A loop, because the A loop has a 2 second delay on it. I need to find a way to be able to line up multiple functions, but make sure that B doesn’t run until A is done, and C doesn't run until B is done, etc. Is this possible?
Bear Bibeault
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JavaScript is not multi-threaded so functions never run until whatever's currently running stops. If you delay the function using setTimeout, then of course it's not going to run until everything else that started running before it has finished.

If you want fine-grained control over queuing up functions, you could check out the queue() and dequeue() functions of jQuery.


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