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JavaScript Object-Oriented JavaScript (2015) Constructor Functions and Prototypes Playlist Project

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Why do the function is called by itself here ?

In the playlist.js file, we create a constructor and define properties.

With prototype, we define Methods like this:

Playlist.prototype.play = function() { var currentSong = this.songs[this.nowPlayingIndex]; currentSong.play(); };

It is a bit confusing for me. I understand the role of prototype here BUT I don't understand the fact that we call the play function on the variable currentSong.

1 Answer

Hello there,

In this project, 'Song' inherits from 'Media', which has a 'play' method. In media.js, we can see that the play method sets the 'isPlaying' property to 'true'. Then, back in song.js, we can see that the toHTML function checks for isPlaying. If it's true, it gives that song the class of 'current', which styles it differently. Basically, in this case, calling the 'play' method on the song indicates that it should be styled in a way that visually separates it from the other playlist items that are not considered to be playing at that time.

Hope this helps!

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Thank you Katie Wood :) Love the shiba inu btw.

Haha, thank you! :)