Bren Bren - 11 days ago 8
Javascript Question

Double parameters with require: var io = require('socket.io')(http);

I'm new to node and JS and was working thorough the socket.io chat example (http://socket.io/get-started/chat/). I came across this code in the server:

var app = require('express')();
var http = require('http').Server(app);
var io = require('socket.io')(http);


I've looked at other tutorials and never seen double parentheses after require before. What does the
(http)
part do? Is it a parameter for require, doest it change the type, or something else?

Thanks!

Answer

In JavaScript, function is the First-class citizen. This means that it can be returned by another function.

Consider the following simple example to understand this:

var sum = function(a) {
    return function(b) {
        return a + b;
    }
}

sum(3)(2);  //5

//...or...

var func = sum(3);
func(2);   //5

In your example, require('socket.io') returns another function, which is called immediately with http object as a parameter.

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