UX Design and Development course

Global footprint

If you are developing an module, which might be running on a web page, which also runs other mudules, then you must beware the variable name overlapping.

Suppose we are developing a counter module:

var myCounter = {
    number = 0,
    plusPlus = function(){
        this.number = this.number + 1;
    isGreaterThanTen = function(){
        return this.number > 10;

Note: this technique is often used with closures, to make the internal state immutable from the outside.

The module now takes only one variable name — myCounter. If any other module on the page makes use of such names like number or isGreaterThanTen then it's perfectly safe, because we will not override each others values;