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// Forked/modified from: https://gist.github.com/maxbrunsfeld/1542120
// This method gives you an easier way of calling super when you're using Backbone in plain javascript.
// It lets you avoid writing the constructor's name multiple times.
// You still have to specify the name of the method.
//
// So, instead of having to write:
//
// var Animal = Backbone.Model.extend({
// word: "",
// say: function() {
// return "I say " + this.word;
// }
// });
// var Cow = Animal.extend({
// word: "moo",
// say: function() {
// return Animal.prototype.say.apply(this, arguments) + "!!!"
// }
// });
//
//
// You get to write:
//
// var Animal = Backbone.Model.extend({
// word: "",
// say: function() {
// return "I say " + this.word;
// }
// });
// var Cow = Animal.extend({
// word: "moo",
// say: function() {
// return this._super("say", arguments) + "!!!"
// }
// });
(function(root, factory) {
if (typeof define === "function" && define.amd) {
define(["underscore", "backbone"], function(_, Backbone) {
return factory(Backbone);
});
}
else if (typeof exports !== "undefined") {
var _ = require("underscore");
var Backbone = require("backbone");
module.exports = factory(_, Backbone);
}
else {
factory(root._, root.Backbone);
}
}(this, function(_, Backbone) {
"use strict";
// Finds the next object up the prototype chain that has a different implementation of the method.
var findSuper = function(methodName, childObject) {
var object = childObject;
while (object[methodName] === childObject[methodName]) {
object = object.constructor.__super__;
}
return object;
};
var _super = function(methodName) {
// Keep track of how far up the prototype chain we have traversed, in order to handle nested calls to `_super`.
this.__superCallObjects__ || (this.__superCallObjects__ = {});
var currentObject = this.__superCallObjects__[methodName] || this;
var parentObject = findSuper(methodName, currentObject);
this.__superCallObjects__[methodName] = parentObject;
// If `methodName` is a function, call it with `this` as the context and `args` as the arguments, if it's an object, simply return it.
var args = _.tail(arguments);
var result = (_.isFunction(parentObject[methodName])) ? parentObject[methodName].apply(this, args) : parentObject[methodName];
delete this.__superCallObjects__[methodName];
return result;
};
// Mix in to Backbone classes
_.each(["Model", "Collection", "View", "Router"], function(klass) {
Backbone[klass].prototype._super = _super;
});
return Backbone;
}));
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