8. December 2015
von Blackbam
Thats a very annoying common problem I discovered - if calling Ajax within a Javascript loop the callback function will be called asynchronously. That means: All local variables in the callback function will have their future value instead the value they had when the loop was running.

 

Example 1 (probably unwanted results):
var types = ["boring","stupid","funny"];

for(key in types) {
    var type=types[key];

    $.ajax({url: "/?connection=get&type="+type, success: function(result){
        $('#'+type).html(result);
    }
    });
}

Result: Only #funny is populated (with the results of the last callback, no matter which ends last).

 

Example 2 (solution):
var types = ["boring","stupid","funny"];

for(key in types) {
    var type=types[key];

    (function(type) {
        $.ajax({url: "/?connection=get&type="+type, success: function(result){
            $('#'+type).html(result);
        }
        });
    })(type);
}

Result: The elements with ids #boring, #stupid and #funny are populated with the result of the corresponding callback.

 

Explanation: You have created a closure which is preserving the value of type according to the current iteration.
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