Prefixing immediate functions with a semicolon in JavaScript

As your scripts may be used together with some other scripts you can’t influence/change, you should always prefix your immediate functions with a semicolon—here’s why.

Let’s assume the following function is stored within vendor.js

var someVendorFunction = function () {

…and your own scripts (wrapped in a immediate function) are stored within app.js

(function (window, undefined) { = {};

As the variable declaration within vendor.js is missing a semicolon at its end (e.g. as a result of minification or by relying on JavaScript’s semicolon insertion), your function gets directly appended to the incomplete variable declaration, resulting in an error.

Uncaught TypeError: undefined is not a function

As you’re not able to control scripts that get concatenated together with your scripts, the best way to prevent such errors is to prefix your immediate functions with a semicolon.

;(function (window, undefined) { = {};