I was going through a book on node recently and came across something very unfamiliar. Usually, a quick Google search will resolve and clarify any questions or misconceptions, but this one had me stumped. Partially because I didn’t really even know if I was searching for it the right way.
So what was my problem? I came across this line in a node tutorial:
Now you may know exactly what is happening here. I know I felt pretty dumb once I finally was able to figure it out, but at the time, I wasn’t even sure how to search for it! I am used to node files having the large list of requires at the top and it seemed this is what was going on, but I was not sure why. It reminded me that if I do not use a technique, it can be forgotten. This is how I usually see variables written:
As I said, I knew the program was working how I was expecting it to function, but I wasn’t sure why. Additionally, all my searches were not returning anywhere close to the answer I wanted. I knew this was a test, a challenge to my Google Fu, so I kept changing my searches, trying to find the answer to my question. Eventually, I came across this stackoverflow question.
Personally, I still prefer to separate my variables by new lines. I don’t have a great reason for it, but it just ‘feels better’ to me and seems to be more clear.
Either way, no matter how others choose to declare their requirements, I know I will not forget this convention the next time I see it in a project!