Wednesday, 10 June, 2020 UTC


This lessons builds on [Build lodash.debounce from scratch]( to add support for one of its more interesting options: `maxWait`. The `maxWait` option ensures that a debounced method is deferred no longer than the time specified. This is helpful if we need to respond to a long running interaction while it's still in progress. In this lesson we'll demonstrate how continuously typing into a debounced input field prevents us from logging any input at all. We'll add a `maxWait` option as a third parameter to our `debounce` function and set it up using an additional `setTimeout` call. Essentially `maxWait` works by adding a second timer which will fire in the case that the normal debounce timer does not get called. We avoid unnecessarily triggering our debounced function by calling `clearTimeout` in both of our `setTimeout` functions to clear out whichever timer didn't just fire. We also need to set the `maxTimer` variable to `null` to tell our function it's safe to start a new maxWait timer each time either timer fires. **Notes** - `setTimeout` returns a timer ID not the actual timer object itself, which is why we have to `null` it out *after* we already call `clearTimeout` - If you don't `null` out `maxTimer` in your original timer, the maxWait timer will stop triggering after the debounce timer is called the first time. I learned that one the hard way when I first recorded this video.