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Ticket #3877 (closed enhancement: wontfix)

Opened 5 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

$.each should return the value returned by the callback

Reported by: StaticShock Owned by:
Priority: minor Milestone: 1.4
Component: core Version: 1.4a1
Keywords: Cc:
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It feels more natural if the return value of $.each would be the value returned from the callback. I wrote the following plugin, running into a dead end as soon as i realized that i don't have the callback's return value:

$.fn.eachgroup = function(prop, cb)
       var col = {}, null_ = [], undefined_ = [];
               var val = this[prop];
               var target =
                       val === null ? null_ :
                       val === undefined ? undefined_ :
                       (col[val] = col[val] || []);
       $.each(col, cb);
       // these two should not execute if cb ever returns 'false'
       if (null_.length) cb(null, null_);
       if (undefined_.length) cb(undefined, undefined_);
       return this;

I mentioned this on the mailing list, and got no feedback.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by dmethvin

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to invalid


Since jQuery.each has been documented to return the object for some time, it would break the interface to change that. Just replace your $.each with a loop.

comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by john

  • Status changed from closed to reopened
  • Resolution invalid deleted

We had discussed this on the jquery-dev mailing list and agreed that it would be good to look in to. Right now $.each() doesn't return anything in particular.

comment:3 Changed 5 years ago by dmethvin

Sorry, I missed this thread.  http://groups.google.com/group/jquery-dev/browse_frm/thread/91072be7da487e26

I'd definitely advise caution in changing the jQuery.each return value though; it has been documented to return its object argument for some time, and existing code may depend on that. For example, jQuery 1.3 currently implements $().each() like this:

each: function( callback, args ) {
  return jQuery.each( this, callback, args );

comment:4 Changed 5 years ago by StaticShock

A good value to return might be "true" if the loop finished and "false" if the loop was interrupted. this would allow the $.each to be used for functionality similar to python's for-else loop:


comment:5 Changed 5 years ago by brandon

  • Milestone 1.3.1 deleted

comment:6 Changed 4 years ago by john

  • Status changed from reopened to closed
  • Version changed from 1.3 to 1.4a1
  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Milestone set to 1.4

Yeah, good point from dmethvin. I don't think this is something that we can easily change.

Please follow the  bug reporting guidlines and use  jsFiddle when providing test cases and demonstrations instead of pasting the code in the ticket.


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