user2704291 user2704291 - 25 days ago 5x
Javascript Question

Getting a 'random' value from a module in node.js

Let's say I have a file that looks like this:

var random_nr = Math.floor(Math.random()*array.length);
var x = array[random_nr];
// do some things

exports.random_array_member = x

Now, if I 'require' this in another file, I will always get the same result as long as I don't restart my server, presumably because of caching?

What is the best way to run this code and get a random value, while not including the code into my main file?


The code you have shown is only executed once. The result from that code is then stored as a variable, ready to be exported to whatever file needs it.

Instead, you need to "call" the code at the moment you need a random variable:

exports.random_array_member = function(){
    var random_nr = Math.floor(Math.random()*array.length);
    return array[random_nr];

Now, instead of accessing exports.random_array_member, you call exports.random_array_member() in your other files.