JADE + EXPRESS: Iterating over object in inline JS code (client-side)?

i want to implement a google map based on its api. i want to add a path based on coordinates to it. therefore i get my coordinates from my model and want to iterate over the object to fille the map with this points. in my jade template i include the api js code like this:

script(type='text/javascript')
    function initialize() {
      var myLatLng = new google.maps.LatLng(0, -180);
      var myOptions = {
        zoom: 3,
        center: myLatLng,
        mapTypeId: google.maps.MapTypeId.TERRAIN
      };

      var map = new google.maps.Map(document.getElementById("map_canvas"), myOptions);
      var flightPlanCoordinates = [

       - if (typeof(pins) != null)
           - var.pins.forEach(function(pin) {
                new google.maps.LatLng(pin.latitude, pin.longitude),
           - })
           new google.maps.LatLng(0,0)
      ];
      var flightPath = new google.maps.Polyline({
        path: flightPlanCoordinates,
        strokeColor: "#FF0000",
        strokeOpacity: 1.0,
        strokeWeight: 2
      });

      flightPath.setMap(map);
    }

div#map_canvas(style='height: 500px; background-color: #990000;')

the problem is: jade renders this snippet

var flightPlanCoordinates = [

       - if (typeof(pins) != null)
           - var.pins.forEach(function(pin) {
                new google.maps.LatLng(pin.latitude, pin.longitude),
           - })
           new google.maps.LatLng(0,0)
      ];

as it is in the jade template source... the - if etc. doesn't get parsed! any ideas?

thanks!

Answers:

Answer

The entire script tag (everything indented under it) is going to be passed through raw without further parsing. Jade does HTML templating not HTML templating plus nested javascript templating. To pass your pins variable from jade local template variable data to script source code, you'll have to do some other approach like using raw jade to render a tiny script tag that just calls your initialize function with the pins data as a literal, or stick your pins data into the dom somewhere and then read it from there. Something along these lines below your script tag (pseudocode, haven't tested)

- if (typeof(pins) != null)
  != "<script type='text/javascript'>"
  != "var pins = [];"
  - forEach pin in pins
    != "pins.push(new Pin(" + pin.latitude + ", " + pin.longitude + "));"
  != "initialize(pins);"
  != "</script>"
Answer

I passed the value as a hidden input element, e.g.:

    input(type='hidden', id='variableName', value='#{variableName}')

Accessed via jQuery:

    $("#variableName").val()

Joe

Answer

You can use this:

script
  console.log(#{var_name});
Answer

the script tags are purely text, you can't easily mix the Jade to generate this javascript, it's usually a reflection of poor design. You can just serialize things as JSON that you need on the client or use express-expose to do this

Answer

server side

JSON.stringify(users)

client side

var users=JSON.parse(("#{users}").replace(/&quot;/g,'"'));
Answer

I had a similar issue and this line of code solved it:

var myvar  = !{JSON.stringify(mydata)};

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