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Promise not working

Promise not working

Promise not working

I am using PouchDB to handle some local database processing and I am having an issue setting up my promise to work correctly.

In essence I have the following:


   }).then(function () {
      return initialize();
   }).then(function () {
      return updateWorkIssuesJson();
   }).then(function () {
      return showTasks();
   }).catch(function (err) {
      showMsg("Error in defineDBs: " + err);

In "initialize" I have a couple of async routines that read from the PouchDB database. I turned initialize into a promise to stop it from going to "updateWorkIssuesJson" and then "showtasks" before initialize was finished. But it still jumps out of initialize before it is finished. All I did was create an anonymous routine and put a couple of "Deferred" statements in the but it still jumps out when it hits the Async routines.

Am I doing something wrong?

My code is a little large but it really isn't the issue.

I just took the "initialize" function and made it variable that has the function in it and added the promise (deferred) code around it.


var initialize = function () {

   var deferred = new $.Deferred();

   // Don't let Enter key submit
   $('form').keypress(function (e) {
      if (e.which === 13) {
         return false;


   if (CTL_HiddenSyncDatabase.val() == "True") {
      return callDBDestroyDefineAndLoad(false).then(function () {
         alert("Syncing database");
         DirtyFlag = false;
         DirtyCertFlag = false;
   else if (CTL_HiddenFirstTime.val() == "True") {
      var updated = [];

      return DB_WorkIssues.allDocs({ include_docs: true, descending: false }, function (err, response) {
         data = response.rows;
         itemp = 0;

         for (var i = 0; i < response.total_rows; i++) {
            if (data[i].doc.IsDeleted || data[i].doc.IsWorkIssueInserted || data[i].doc.IsWorkIssueUpdated || data[i].doc.IsLogInserted) {
               DirtyFlag = true;
               updated[itemp++] = data[i];
      }).then(function () {
         return DB_Certificates.allDocs({ include_docs: true, descending: false }, function (err, response) {
            data = response.rows;
            updated = [];
            itemp = 0;

            for (var i = 0; i < response.total_rows; i++) {
               if (data[i].doc.IsUpdated) {
                  DirtyCertFlag = true;
                  updated[itemp++] = data[i];

            if (DirtyFlag || DirtyCertFlag) {


   else if (CTL_HiddenSyncWorklist.val() == "True") {

   return deferred.promise();

I have breaks in my code and I am at the first "for" statement and then it jumps to the "updateWorkIssuesJson" function then back again.

Is there something else I need to do?



RE: Promise not working

I was under the assumption (maybe incorrectly) that the deferred code around the code would prevent the code from jumping outside of the promise chains. I understand it would jump to something else but would not follow the "then" chains until function was done.

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