JS: Closure

A closure is an inner function that has access to the outer (enclosing) function’s variables—scope chain.

The closure has three scope chains: it has access to its own scope (variables defined between its curly brackets), it has access to the outer function’s variables, and it has access to the global variables.

The inner function has access not only to the outer function’s variables, but also to the outer function’s parameters

You create a closure by adding a function inside another function.
A Basic Example of Closures in JavaScript:

function showName (firstName, lastName) {
var nameIntro = “Your name is “;
// this inner function has access to the outer function’s variables, including the parameter
function makeFullName () {
return nameIntro + firstName + ” ” + lastName;
return makeFullName ();
showName (“Michael”, “Jackson”); // Your name is Michael Jackson

Closures are used extensively in Node.js; they are workhorses in Node.js’ asynchronous, non-blocking architecture. Closures are also frequently used in jQuery and just about every piece of JavaScript code you read.

function celebrityID () {
var celebrityID = 999;
// We are returning an object with some inner functions
// All the inner functions have access to the outer function’s variables
return {
getID: function () {
// This inner function will return the UPDATED celebrityID variable
// It will return the current value of celebrityID, even after the changeTheID function changes it
return celebrityID;
setID: function (theNewID) {
// This inner function will change the outer function’s variable anytime
celebrityID = theNewID;

var mjID = celebrityID (); // At this juncture, the celebrityID outer function has returned.
mjID.getID(); // 999
mjID.setID(567); // Changes the outer function’s variable
mjID.getID(); // 567: It returns the updated celebrityId variable

To outcan can use console.log(mjID.getID()); then press F12 in the Chrome to see the console

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