What is a Slot?


A slot is a narrow opening in a machine or container, often used to hold coins. It can also refer to a place in a schedule or program that is open for an activity to take place. For example, people book time slots for their appointments online or through a service like Uber. Another meaning is a position that is assigned to an airplane for takeoff. This is usually based on capacity, weather, and staffing of the airport or air traffic control.

A Slot receiver gets his name from where he lines up pre-snap on the field, a little in back of the last man on the line of scrimmage or offensive tackle. He is typically a little shorter and a bit smaller than outside wide receivers, but he makes up for it with speed and route running skills. The Slot receiver is capable of catching every type of pass in the game, and excels at running precise routes because of his positioning.

Historically, all slot machines used revolving mechanical reels to display and determine winning combinations. A player inserts cash or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, a paper ticket with a barcode, into a slot and activates the machine by pressing a lever or button (either physical or on a touchscreen). The reels then spin and stop to rearrange the symbols, and the player earns credits based on the pay table displayed on the machine. Symbols vary according to the theme of the game, but classic symbols include fruit, bells, and stylized lucky sevens.

The slots in the machine are lined up to make sure they match up correctly. If the symbols line up in a winning combination, the player receives the amount listed on the pay table. The pay tables are displayed on the machine’s face and may include a legend explaining the symbols, payout amounts, and special features. Some slots even have a second screen with instructions on how to play the bonus games.

Psychologists Robert Breen and Marc Zimmerman[60] found that playing video slot machines increases risk-taking by three times as compared to other types of gambling. They are particularly effective in triggering feelings of impulsivity, especially among women. Despite this finding, many psychologists believe that the risk-taking associated with video slot machines is not as pronounced as that associated with other casino gambling.

Vue slots are a great way to take reusable functional components to the next level. While I’ve demonstrated a few ways to use them, there are probably many more great ideas out there. If you have any, please share them in the comments! I love learning new things and am always looking for ways to improve the Vue ecosystem. Thanks for reading! —Jared P., Founder & Chief Product Officer, CodePen.