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Heiker

I think the term is partial application.

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Adam Crockett Author

Thank you Heiker im sure many will find this useful. I kept the language to an accessible level due to the tags.

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Xavier Brinon

well, yes but I wouldn't advise doing it this way, a bound function is quite exotic: ecma-international.org/ecma-262/#s...

showing alternatives would be cool for beginners, like
add5 = x => add(5, x) which is far less confusing,
and even better
add = x => y => x + y;
add5 = add(5)

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Adam Crockett Author • Edited

I 100% agree it is not idiomatic however that is not the point, The point is, I did not know about this for many years and I probably would have went down the functional path sooner had I known about this, I would then look into currying as you say. If ever there was an edge case where currying could not be used and an arg needed to be passed, this might come in handy. (alot of my posts talk about exotic less than idiomatic things, see operator overloading as an example)

I have added a disclaimer.

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Heiker

I do prefer the first option you mention. Now, I don't think a bound function is exotic anymore. When the class keyword was first introduced in ES6 a lot of people found that .bind helped them keep the methods behavior consistent. Maybe they don't know they can use it to achieve partial application but they know .bind exists.

I actually wrote something about partial application a while ago, here is the link.

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Heiker

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