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Local vars in CoffeeScript are nonlocal sometimes
f = ->
x = 2
x = 1
> console.debug "x = #{ x }"
x = 1
> console.debug "f() = #{ f() }"
f() = 2
> console.debug "x = #{ x }"
x = 1
x = 1
f = ->
x = 2
> console.debug "x = #{ x }"
x = 1
> console.debug "f() = #{ f() }"
f() = 2
> console.debug "x = #{ x }"
x = 2
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From Smooth CoffeeScript p 49... (or p 51... with solutions):

When looking up a variable inside a function, the outer environment is checked first, and only if the variable does not exist there is it created in the local environment.
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So if the name of variable in an inner function exists in an outer environment then the variable is referring to the outer one, it is not a new definition. That is an expression like variable = 'something' may be a definition of a new variable or it may be an assignment to a previously defined variable. As a matter of style, when you are using top-level variables then it makes sense to introduce them at the top of a file with a default value.
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The easiest way to deal with variables is to use unique names for variables throughout a file.
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There is also a diagram and a handful of examples.

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@autotelicum Yep, I'm aware of the scoping rules in CoffeScript, but they are a little bit weird from a pythonista's perspective. Thanks for the pointer to your book!

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Then this might be more relevant:
http://blog.ssokolow.com/archives/2011/05/07/a-python-programmers-first-impression-of-coffeescript/
If you are interested in the pro/contra of scoping: jashkenas/coffeescript#1121

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@autotelicum Thanks for these very relevant links! :)

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