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What Is Document Ready Event In JQuery ???

What is the role of below code in JQuery? For me it is always be part of understanding JQuery fundamentals

   // jQuery methods go here...

Lets run below sample code and you wonder!!!
Why we get first alert “Alert 2” and second alert “Alert 1”
Interesting !!! Correct…

<!DOCTYPE html>
<script src=""></script>
  alert("Alert 1");
alert("Alert 2");


   // jQuery methods go here...

This code prevent any jQuery code from running before the document is finished loading (is ready).Good practice is to wait for the document to be fully loaded and ready before start working with it. This also allows developer to have JavaScript code before the body of document, in the head section.

Here are few examples of actions that can fail if methods run before the document is fully loaded:

  • Trying to hide an element that is not created yet
  • Trying to get the size of an image that is not loaded yet

Note: JQuery team has also made an even shorter method for the document ready event:

   // jQuery methods go here...

Two sides of EVAL !!!

Do you know EVAL has two sides ? Even I did not know till I read EVAL line by line !!!

EVAL function works in two somewhat distinct ways depending on the type of its argument.

USE-1 (The String Form: Expression Evaluation)

If given a string, eval treats the string as a little program and compiles and execute it which is called dynamic expression evaluation. The contents of the string may or may not be known at compile time.


#!/usr/bin/perl -w
use strict;
use warnings;

my $a = 10; my $b = 20;my $c =0;
my $str = ‘$c = $a + $b’;
eval $str;                                                   # execute string as a little program
print $c;                                                    # It prints 30

Danger: Things get interesting if $str comes from elsewhere, we will see in next blog and also preventing measures to create secure PERL and CGI scripts

USE-2  (The Block Form: Exception Handling)

In this form, eval is followed by a block of code, not a scalar containing a string. It is used for handling run-time errors, or exceptions . Errors can be internal built-in ones (out-of-memory, divide-by-zero) or user-defined ones produced by die .

The following example shows how you can use the block form eval to trap a run-time divide-by-zero error:

eval {
$a = 10; $b = 0;
$c = $a / $b;     # Causes a run-time error,
# which is trapped by eval
print $@;   # Prints  “Illegal division by 0 at line 3

When the script is compiled, Perl syntax-checks the block of code and generates code. If it encounters a run-time error, Perl skips the rest of the eval block and sets $@ to the corresponding error text.

To signal your own errors, you use die . Perl knows whether a piece of code is currently executing inside an eval , and so, when die is called, Perl simply gives the error string – die ‘s argument – to the global $@ , and jumps to the statement following the eval block.

Java/C++ programmers would of course recognize the parallel to the throw, try , and catch statements, where try corresponds to the eval block, catch to the checking of $@ , and throw to die . (Essentially, the caller says to the run-time environment, “Here, try this code, and catch whatever errors are thrown by the callee.”)


[Curtsey: Advanced Perl Programming By Sriram Srinivasan]

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