Is the 'on' method in this node.js code a JavaScript method or a node method?

I couldn't find this answer on Google because 'on' is such a common word. In this node.js example:

conn.on('close', function() {
var pos =   connections.indexOf(conn);
    if (pos >= 0) {
        connections.splice(pos, 1);

There is a .on method(?). What it does? It is a JavaScript method? Or it is something you only find in node? I'm kind of confused because I think I saw something like .on on jQuery. Is it similar to the jQuery .live event handler?

Can anyone explain this to me?


It is a method from Node's EventEmitter class:

In this case, on is a node method. jQuery also has a method of the same name, and they're used for basically the same purpose - binding event handlers to events by their string name. In fact the signatures look identical to me, IIRC.

Pure JavaScript doesn't have such a method.

For those looking for an easy explanation, it is node native implementation, and it's an alias of addListener(evtName, func) Check the API here

As you may know, Node.js is evented, thus listening for events (pub-sub), just like jQuery or Backbone for example.

In Node.js, you usually bind functions (using 'on' or other functions) to listen to events.

From the Node.js documentation:

For example net.Server emits an event each time a peer connects to it, a fs.readStream emits an event when the file is opened. All objects which emit events are instances of events.EventEmitter. You can access this module by doing: require("events");

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