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Creating Namespaces in JavaScript is actually rather simple...

Creating Namespaces in JavaScript is rather simple due to the fact that JavaScript is a very flexible language. As far as I know all the popular Ajax frameworks do this (including the ASP.NET AJAX Extensions). Being a .NET programmer (I'm assuming Java programmers would feel the same way), having classes devided up into namespaces makes code alot easier to manage.

Here's some code that wraps up the ability to add namespaces into a namespace of it's own:

/// Create the Namespace Manager that we'll use to
/// make creating namespaces a little easier.

if (typeof Namespace == 'undefined') var Namespace = {};
if (!Namespace.Manager) Namespace.Manager = {};

Namespace.Manager = {
 Register:function(namespace){
  namespace = namespace.split('.');

  if(!window[namespace[0]]) window[namespace[0]] = {};
  
  var strFullNamespace = namespace[0];
  for(var i = 1; i < namespace.length; i++)
  {
   strFullNamespace += "." + namespace[i];
   eval("if(!window." + strFullNamespace + ")window." + strFullNamespace + "={};");
  }
 }
};

Here's a sample usage of the above code to create and use an object that's placed inside a namespace:

// Register our Namespace
Namespace.Manager.Register("PietschSoft.Utility.Class");

// Add the Triplet class to the namespace created above
PietschSoft.Utility.Class.Triplet = function(one, two, three)
{
 this.First = one;
 this.Second = two;
 this.Third = three;
}

// Create an instance of our Triplet class
var myTriplet = new PietschSoft.Utility.Class.Triplet("1", "2", "3");

// Read the values out of the properties of you Triplet class
alert(myTriplet.First + "\n" + myTriplet.Second + "\n" + myTriplet.Third);

 

Why would I want this snippet?

Well, you really don't if you use any of the popular Ajax frameworks that implement their own namespace management. But at least this gives you an idea of how it's done. Plus, using this snippet will allow you to utilize namespaces if you are hand coding everything in your app and not using an Ajax framework.

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