Closure in Javascript

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Passing values to onclick

I have 100 elements with ids divNum0,…,divNum99. Each when clicked should call doTask with the right parameter.

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  • The code below unfortunately does not close i, and hence doTask is called with 100 for all the elements.

    function doTask(x) {alert(x);}
    for (var i=0; i<100; ++i) {
        document.getElementById('divNum'+i).addEventListener('click',function() {doTask(i);},false);

    Is there someway I can make the function called with right parameters?

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    Although the (correct) answer is the duplicate, I’d like to point out a more advanced method – replacing loops with iterators, which effectively solves javascript “late-bound” closures problem.

    loop = function(start, end, step, body) {
        for(var i = start; i != end; i += step)
    loop(1, 100, 1, function(i) {
       // your binding stuff

    Create a closure via a self-executing function literal (or a named factory function)

    function doTask(x) { alert(x); }
    for(var i = 100; i--;) {
        document.getElementById('divNum' + i).onclick = (function(i) {
            return function() { doTask(i); };

    or use the DOM node for information storage

    function doTask() { alert(this.x); }
    for(var i = 100; i--;) {
        var node = document.getElementById('divNum' + i);
        node.x = i;
        node.onclick = doTask;

    The latter is more memory-friendly as no superfluous function objects are created.