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Lifetime of Variables


kwyjibear
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W3Schools' JavaScript lessons state that a variable created in a function exists only inside that function. However I read elsewhere that that is not always the case. JavaScript tutorial at C PointAccording to them, a varialble declared in a function is local only if you use the var declaration. If you create the variable just by typing its name (example: variableName = "Hello World":) then it is considered global and will work outside the function.Is this so?

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Crazy, I had no idea. This runs fine in Firefox:

<script type="text/javascript">function test(){	test2 = "variable declared without var.";}test();document.write(test2 + "<br />");</script>

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Is this so?
Yeah that's right, var plays a big part.If you take jesh's example for instance, it will write out the text because var is not declaired, but if it was then nothing would be written.It's important that you know this, if you have a massive script and 2 functions have the same variable name within them and are not declaired with a var then this could mess up you results.
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