When a variable reference cannot be found or is not declared, it causes a reference error. New developers are most likely to commit reference errors by forgetting to define variables before referencing them. Here’s an example:
Similarly, declared variables that have been commented out may also cause reference errors when used, like this example:
The solution to this reference error is to ensure that your variables are always declared before using them, as in the following example:
To avoid this type of reference error, make sure that the scope from which you’re trying to access a variable is the scope in which the variable exists:
Additionally, note that the let and const keywords are both block level scoped, while the var keyword is instead globally scoped when used outside a function and function scoped when used inside a function. This can cause certain reference errors when these keywords are used incorrectly.
You have several options for addressing reference errors, including the following:
There are several best practices to follow to keep reference errors out of your projects:
Errors and bugs can still sneak through even the most diligently written code. To prevent disruption to your application, you need tools and techniques to identify and prevent these errors before they hit production.
Inject the Meticulous snippet onto production or staging and dev environments. This snippet records user sessions by collecting clickstream and network data. When you post a pull request, Meticulous selects a subset of recorded sessions which are relevant and simulates these against the frontend of your application. Meticulous takes screenshots at key points and detects any visual differences. It posts those diffs in a comment for you to inspect in a few seconds. Meticulous automatically updates the baseline images after you merge your PR. This eliminates the setup and maintenance burden of UI testing.
Meticulous isolates the frontend code by mocking out all network calls, using the previously recorded network responses. This means Meticulous never causes side effects and you don’t need a staging environment.
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Since mistakes still happen sometimes, you can take additional precautionary measures by choosing a code editor or IDE with intelligent highlighting and support, implementing ESLint to enforce specific patterns, using TypeScript for type checking, or using an automated error handling tool, like Meticulous. The more proactive you are about handling errors, the more you can optimize your team’s productivity.
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