created by Brian LeRoux & Andrew Lunny. sparodically uncurated by David Trejo.

2010 02 15 accidental global

This one is fun and sneaky.

        var x = y = 1;
    alert(x); // undefined
    alert(y); // 1 -- oops, auto-global!

It’s treated like: var x = (y = 1); thus, “y=1” creates an auto-global since there’s no binding “var” statement for it. Afterwards, that value gets copied into the properly defined local var “x”.

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