Caching in on HTML5 Local Storage: Listing 2.

window.localStorage operation with strings.

test("HTML5 implicitly converts types like Date to string", function () {
  var dateTimeStamp = new Date();
  window.localStorage.dateTimeStamp = dateTimeStamp;
  var actual = window.localStorage.dateTimeStamp;
  notEqual(typeof (actual), typeof (dateTimeStamp), 
    "The values were unexpectedly the same");
test("HTML5 storage only works with strings not Arrays", function () {
  var patents = [
    { name: "Electrical Telegraph", year: 1837 },
    { name: "Backless Brassiere", year: 1914 }
  window.localStorage.patents = patents;
  var actual = window.localStorage.patents;
  equal(patents.constructor, (new Array).constructor, 
    "The values were unexpectedly different");
  equal(actual.constructor, (new String).constructor, 
    "The values were unexpectedly different");
  notEqual(patents.constructor, actual.constructor,
    "The values were unexpectedly the same");

About the Author

Mark Michaelis ( is the founder of IntelliTect and serves as the Chief Technical Architect and Trainer. Since 1996, he has been a Microsoft MVP for C#, Visual Studio Team System, and the Windows SDK and in 2007 he was recognized as a Microsoft Regional Director. He also serves on several Microsoft software design review teams, including C#, the Connected Systems Division, and VSTS. Mark speaks at developer conferences and has written numerous articles and books - Essential C# 5.0 is his most recent. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology. When not bonding with his computer, Mark is busy with his family or training for another triathlon (having completed the Ironman in 2008). Mark lives in Spokane, Washington, with his wife Elisabeth and three children, Benjamin, Hanna and Abigail.

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