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Programming Registry equals

Hello;
How is Registry = { } used here, below.  In other words what is this statement doing in this function;
 function registerPerson(firstName, lastName)
  {
   var date = new Date(),
       counter = 0,
      registry = {},
       output;

Reference; http://milan.adamovsky.com/2012/02/javascript-memory-leaks-in-internet.html
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chimaAuthor Commented:
CEHJ, I read the info at the link you provided, and the answer is not there.  Did you understand my question?  I had googled it, and of course most of the findings were about the MS OS registry.
I do not understand what this statement is doing;    registry = {},
Obviously the registry variable is getting information from the registry, but what and why?
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CEHJCommented:
Did you understand my question?
Well clearly you either didn't read or didn't understand the link i posted ;) Your question relates to JavaScript. This is the Java TA, not JavaScript
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chimaAuthor Commented:
CEHJ, what is TA?  You posted a question to my question?
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PaulCommented:
TA = topic area (an Experts Exchange abbreviation)

registry = {}

it is my belief that author of the article you reference used as an 'object literal'
An object literal is a list of zero or more pairs of property names and associated values of an object
https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/JavaScript/Guide/Values,_variables,_and_literals#Object_literals

registry = {} sets it to null as there in nothing between those curly braces.
I think the idea of the article is to ensure variables get handled by the garbage collector, hence all the author is interested in is removing the memory reserved for "registry" - not what is contained in memory by "registry".
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David S.Commented:
Yes, in JavaScript, "{}" is an object literal, when the curly braces are not being used to designate the beginning and end of the code block for a function, loop, or condition. Object and Array Literals are shorter ways of creating objects and arrays, respectively, than using the constructor functions for them:
var myArray = new Array();
var myObject = new Object();

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registry = {} sets it to null as there in nothing between those curly braces.
An empty object is not the same as null. An empty object can have properties and methods added to it, whereas null would have to be redefined to an object before it could be given any properties.
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PaulCommented:
I stand corrected - sorry. 'empty object' it is, my bad. In fact the original article reference does go on to explicitly set registry to null:

  // locals
   date =
   counter =
   registry = null;

   return output;

I hope the point is not lost though that there really is no great significance in registry = {} it is really just an example the author has used to reach a conclusion about garbage collection.
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chimaAuthor Commented:
PortletPaul and Kravimir, so the word registry could have been any variable name, the point here is that it created an "empty object."  This empty object by using {} has properties and methods that could cause memory leaks, hence setting it to null, ensuring that the garbage collection will grab it.
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David S.Commented:
Yes, that is my understanding as well.
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PaulCommented:
the solution is to assist the garbage collector in JScript by marking the symbols with a null value that you want to be garbage collected.
I think so too. registry = {} could have been foobar = {}
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chimaAuthor Commented:
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