The code contains inner functions

Why you should care

While most script engines support Function Declarations within blocks it is not part of ECMAScript (see ECMA-262, clause 13 and 14). Worse implementations are inconsistent with each other and with future EcmaScript proposals. ECMAScript only allows for Function Declarations in the root statement list of a script or function. Instead use a variable initialized with a Function Expression to define a function within a block.

How we detect

This Code Insight counts one occurrence each time a function is declared in a block:

Bad Code

if (x) {
function foo() {}

Good Code 

function bar() {
  function inner() {return i;}
  if (x) {
     var foo = function() {}; 



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