how to get the value from a callback function

I am relatively new to javascript and I am facing some difficulty.I have two java script files as I have shown below. I am having trouble getting the value of the variable entry_title inside the getRss function and storing it inside the variables Rss1_title and Rss2_title . Creating a global variable and assigning it to entry_title will make things worse as I will not be able to know from which Rss url the title came from. Is there a easy way to get the value of the callback functions ?

<script type="text/javascript" src="jsRss.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="notification.js"></script>

My notification.js file

    function get_rss1_feeds(){
        var Rss1_title = getRss("");

    function get_rss2_feeds(){
        var Rss2_title = getRss("");  

My jsRss.js file:

function getRss(url){

    if(url == null) return false;

    google.load("feeds", "1");

    // Our callback function, for when a feed is loaded.
    function feedLoaded(result) {
        if (!result.error) {

            var entry = result.feed.entries[0];             
            var entry_title = entry.title;      // need to get this value           

    function Load() {
        // Create a feed instance that will grab feed.
        var feed = new google.feeds.Feed(url);
        // Calling load sends the request off.  It requires a callback function.

Errors :

When the setTimeout(get_rss1_feeds, 8000); method is called I get a blank screen. I get a error in my console saying octal literals and octal escape sequences are deprecated and it is pointing to the 6th line in this script. Is it because I am using google-api for parsing my Rss?

if (window['google'] != undefined && window['google']['loader'] != undefined) {
if (!window['google']['feeds']) {
window['google']['feeds'] = {};
google.feeds.Version = '1.0';
google.feeds.JSHash = '8992c0a2cdf258e5bd0f517c78243cd6';
google.feeds.LoadArgs = 'file\75feeds\46v\0751';
google.loader.writeLoadTag("css", google.loader.ServiceBase + "/api/feeds/1.0/8992c0a2cdf258e5bd0f517c78243cd6/default+en.css", false);
google.loader.writeLoadTag("script", google.loader.ServiceBase + "/api/feeds/1.0/8992c0a2cdf258e5bd0f517c78243cd6/default+en.I.js", false);



Seeing as it's a different scope, you can either return it in a callback, or provide it in another way such as exporting it to a higher scope that is visible to your desired location. In this case, it's the global scope, so I'd advise against that.

function getRss(url, callback) {
function feedLoaded(result) {
    if (!result.error) {
        var entry = result.feed.entries[0];
        var entry_title = entry.title; // need to get this value
        callback && callback(entry_title);        

and call it like so,

function get_rss1_feeds() {
    var Rss1_title = getRss("", function(entry_title) {
        // This scope has access to entry_title

As an aside, use your setTimeout like so:

setTimeout(get_rss1_feeds, 8000);

rather than

setTimeout("get_rss1_feeds()", 8000);

as the latter uses eval, whereas the former passes a reference to the function.


Eventhough it will make your code a mess, you can append the variables to the window object. For example:

function a()
 window.testStr = "test";


function b()

Or even create your own object, instead of using window, as such:

var MyRSSReader = {
 TitleOne : '',
 TitleTwo : '' 

MyRSSReader.TitleOne = "My title";

Wikipedia has a nice article about global variables, and why they are bad.


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