I'm checking users locations with HTML Geolocation before unlocking the front door. Geolocation takes a few seconds in addition to the time it takes the user to approve it, so currently I have a callback for what to do next.

function getLocationWithCallbacks(callback, error_callback) {
      function (position) {
        let location = { "latitude": position.coords.latitude, "longitude": position.coords.longitude };
      function (error) {
        if (error.code === error.PERMISSION_DENIED)

And I call this function like so..

getLocationWithCallbacks(unlock_request, get_location_denied);

However, I'm not sure if there's a more logical way than this. It would be nice if events happened in a more linear fashion like ("pseudo code")...

function getLocation() {
   function(position) { return ['success', position] },
   function(error) { return ['failure', error] }

And invoke it with...

let response = getLocation();
response[0] === 'success' ? unlock_request(response[1]) : get_location_denied(response[1])

However I believe this would involve adding promises and await statements which might make the original callback method more desirable.

I'm just not sure what's the cleanest, most logical way of implementing a getLocation function?


1 Answer 1


Most native functions require callback instead of Promise because they support older browsers, so what you have to do is to pack the method in a Promise

function getLocation() {
    return new Promise(function(resolve, reject){ 
            function(position) { resolve(position); },
            function(error) { reject(error); }

Now are able to determine what should happen with the position and the error.

const response = getLocation()
    .then(position => 
        ( {"latitude": position.coords.latitude, 
           "longitude": position.coords.longitude} ))
    .then(latLong => { unlock_request(latLong) }, 
          error => { get_location_denied(error[1]) });

You know that for this request that you want to get the latitude and longitude out of position so you just return a new object with longitude and latitude, the smart thing with promises is that is it a builder pattern, so can call then again and now the parameter will be what was returned in the last then, so all power is given to response rather than getLocation()


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