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Michael asked on 30 Dec 2012, 02:51 AM
If we use the proper KendoUI syntax for calling an event, on an object instance...
<a data-role="button" data-click="myClass.addToList" data-mynumber>Add me</a>
This in the called method is clobbered....
function MyClass() {
MyClass.prototype.list = [1, 2, 3];
MyClass.prototype.addToList = function(e) {
   // 'this' is clobbered
   // list thrown as undefined.
var myClass = new MyClass();
If we use the kendo.Class.extend method of making a Class, it's the same deal...

Any way out of this scope clobbering?  It's also a bit mystifying that it's a "feature" since we get the DOM payload through "e"

I'd like to call this a bug report, when an object method is called with an event handler, the object container should be set as this/context.

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Atanas Korchev
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answered on 31 Dec 2012, 09:54 AM

 This is currently by design and is documented here. The `this` of the event handler is set to the object which raises the event.

 The resolution of the scope ("this") in JavaScript is determined at runtime. Thus it is not possible to know what "this" is when you only have the function itself. Here is an example showing that: Calling the "foo" method by its alias makes `this` to be the global object - the `window`.  To properly specify the context one should either create a closure or use apply or call

 Perhaps Kendo UI can be enhanced to parse the event handler name and automatically create closures so `this` is the owner of the function and not the widget. This would be a breaking change though.

The other option is to have a new attribute which would specify what the context is:

<a data-role="button" data-click="addToList" data-handler="myClass">Add me</a>

If you like any of those ideas feel free to suggest them in our feedback portal. If it gets user interest we would implement it in a future release.

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