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no-case-declarations

Disallow lexical declarations in case clauses

βœ… Recommended

The "extends": "eslint:recommended" property in a configuration file enables this rule

This rule disallows lexical declarations (let, const, function and class) in case/default clauses. The reason is that the lexical declaration is visible in the entire switch block but it only gets initialized when it is assigned, which will only happen if the case where it is defined is reached.

To ensure that the lexical declaration only applies to the current case clause wrap your clauses in blocks.

Rule Details

This rule aims to prevent access to uninitialized lexical bindings as well as accessing hoisted functions across case clauses.

Examples of incorrect code for this rule:

/*eslint no-case-declarations: "error"*/
/*eslint-env es6*/

switch (foo) {
case 1:
let x = 1;
break;
case 2:
const y = 2;
break;
case 3:
function f() {}
break;
default:
class C {}
}

Examples of correct code for this rule:

/*eslint no-case-declarations: "error"*/
/*eslint-env es6*/

// Declarations outside switch-statements are valid
const a = 0;

switch (foo) {
// The following case clauses are wrapped into blocks using brackets
case 1: {
let x = 1;
break;
}
case 2: {
const y = 2;
break;
}
case 3: {
function f() {}
break;
}
case 4:
// Declarations using var without brackets are valid due to function-scope hoisting
var z = 4;
break;
default: {
class C {}
}
}

When Not To Use It

If you depend on fall through behavior and want access to bindings introduced in the case block.

Version

This rule was introduced in ESLint v1.9.0.

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