Promise Polyfill

This is a quick blog to remind myself how to support ES6 Promise’s in older versions of SAPUI5. I was developing a UI5 app for a customer with Chrome, Chrome already supports natively some of the ECMA Script 6 features like Promises and it was only when i ran the applcations Opa Tests against Internet Explorer and PhantomJS I found out that I had a couple of backwards compatibility issues which required me to add polyfills.

What is a Promise?

A promise represents the result of an asynchronous operation. In JavaScript its a nice clean way of avoiding nested callbacks.

For example a promise could represent a list being loaded and onload you want to trigger some functionality say update the list title with the count of entries

oWhenListLoadingIsDone = new Promise(function(fnResolve, fnReject) {
    // trigger resolve callback when list finished loading
    oMasterList.attachEventOnce("updateFinished", function(){ fnResolve()
oWhenListLoadingIsDone.then(setListTitle, errorCB)

What is a Polyfill?

A polyfill, is a piece of code that provides the technology that youexpect the browser to provide natively.

SAPUI5 is built on jQuery and jQuery has thier own version of Promise, however thier API breaks the native Promise in a couple of ways.

In my case to get Internet Explorer to support the new Promise(function(fnResolve, fnReject) syntax I had been using was quite simple.

if (!window.Promise) {
    window.Promise = function(callBack) {
        var promise = jQuery.Deferred();

        callBack(promise.resolve, promise.reject);

        return promise.promise();

The current version of UI5 has an ECMA Script 6 Polyfill this version is a lot more complete than the one i mention above.