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Problem with partial functions

David Pantale
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Joined: Mar 16, 2010
Posts: 32
There is something I don't understand about the below javascript. I executed the following code from Secrets of the Javascript Ninjas:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<title>Listing 5.12</title>
<script type="text/javascript" src="../scripts/assert.js"></script>
<link href="../styles/assert.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css">
<script type="text/javascript">

Function.prototype.partial = function() {
var fn = this, args =;
return function() {
var arg = 0;
for (var i = 0; i < args.length && arg < arguments.length; i++) {
if (args[i] === undefined) {
args[i] = arguments[arg++];
return fn.apply(this, args);

Math.maxAbove500 = Math.max.partial(500);

assert(Math.maxAbove500(3,4,1,6) == 500, "Max of 500, 3, 4, 1, 6 is 500"); //#4
assert(Math.maxAbove500(3,4,11223,1,6) == 11223, "Max of 500, 3, 4, 11223, 1, 6 is 11223"); //#4


When it runs, the first assert works and returns true, but when the second assert runs it return false. It seems it should return true also since 11223 is the max in the array. Is there something I don't understand about this function or is there some sort of error? I'm running this in Chrome ver. 31.0.1650.57.
Sresh Rangi
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Joined: Nov 28, 2012
Posts: 50
When calling partial, then you need to add some undefined values to act as placeholders for the values you pass in later:

The function can only be called once though because it modifies args in the outer scope. To use it multiple times, you need to make a copy:

or you can define partial without requiring undefined values, then you can call it like in your original code:

I agree. Here's the link:
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