Some good to know in a Javascript interview
September 17 2016

This post records some of the questions I met in technical interviews. Some of them are tricky.

What is functional programming in Javascript? What’s its advantages?

Functional programming is one of the programming paradigms. Here are some features:

  1. Functions can be passed as parameters or be returned.
  2. No side effects. A function will return a value but no change other variables such as global variable.


  1. Code elegant and simple. Quick development.
  2. Easy for testing.

What is closure?

Closure is those functions what can visit independent (free) variables. In other words: closures can memorizes the environment when they were created.

function init() {
    var name = "test";
    function display() {

The inside function can visit variables declared in its outside scope.

function func() {
    var name = "test";
    return function() {

var f = func();

A closure is a special object that made of a “function” and the scope where the function was created.

Some usage:

var createClass = function() {
    var ct = 0;
    function changeBy(n) {
        ct += n;
    return {
        add1: function() {
        value: function() {
            return ct;


Negative effects on performance and memory.

Reference: MDN

How Javascript’s scope chain works?

Read: MDN

What is the difference between declaring properties in construction vs. in Prototype?

function A() {
    this.p1 = 0;

A.prototype.p2 = 0;

var a = new A();
var b = new A();

console.log(a.p1); // 0
console.log(b.p1); // 0

a.p1 = 2;

console.log(a.p1); // 2
console.log(b.p1); // 0

A.prototype.p2 = 2;

console.log(a.p2); // 2
console.log(b.p2); // 2

Declaring method in construction vs. in Prototype?

Declare methods in construction takes no advantages of closure, so it should be replace by prototype.

React’s contextProps?

Reference: React docs


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