8 JavaScript Tips & Tricks That No One Teaches 🚀

JavaScript is no doubt one of the coolest languages in the world and is gaining more and more popularity day by day. So the developer community has found some tricks and tips after using JS for quite a while now. Today I will share 8 Tips & Tricks With You!

So let’s get started

Functional Inheritance

Functional inheritance is the process of receiving features by applying an augmenting function to an object instance. The function supplies a closure scope which you can use to keep some data private. The augmenting function uses dynamic object extension to extend the object instance with new properties and methods.

They look like:

// Base function
function Drinks(data) {
  var that = {}; // Create an empty object
  that.name = data.name; // Add it a "name" property
  return that; // Return the object
};

// Fuction which inherits from the base function
function Coffee(data) {
  // Create the Drinks object
  var that = Drinks(data);
  // Extend base object
  that.giveName = function() {
    return 'This is ' + that.name;
  };
  return that;
};

// Usage
var firstCoffee = Coffee({ name: 'Cappuccino' });
console.log(firstCoffee.giveName());
// Output: "This is Cappuccino"

Credits to @loverajoel for explaining this topic in depth here – Functional Inheritance on JS Tips which I’ve paraphrased above

.map() Substitute

.map() also has a substitute that we can use which is .from():

let dogs = [
    { name: ‘Rio’, age: 2 },
    { name: ‘Mac’, age: 3 },
    { name: ‘Bruno’, age: 5 },
    { name: ‘Jucas’, age: 10 },
    { name: ‘Furr’, age: 8 },
    { name: ‘Blu’, age: 7 },
]


let dogsNames = Array.from(dogs, ({name}) => name);
console.log(dogsNames); // returns [“Rio”, “Mac”, “Bruno”, “Jucas”, “Furr”, “Blu”]

Number to string/string to number

Usually, to convert a string to a number, we use something like this:

let num = 4
let newNum = num.toString();

and to convert a string to a number, we use:

let num = "4"
let stringNumber = Number(num);

but what we can use to code fast is:

let num = 15;
let numString = num + ""; // number to string
let stringNum = +s; // string to number

Using length to resize and emptying an array

In javascript, we can override a built-in method called length and assign it a value of our choice.

Let’s look at an example:

let array_values = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8];  
console.log(array_values.length); 
// 8  
array_values.length = 5;  
console.log(array_values.length); 
// 5  
console.log(array_values); 
// [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

It can also be used in emptying an array, like this:

let array_values = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,8]; 
console.log(array_values.length); 
// 8  
array_values.length = 0;   
console.log(array_values.length); 
// 0 
console.log(array_values); 
// []

Swap Values with Array Destructuring.

The destructuring assignment syntax is a JavaScript expression that makes it possible to unpack values from arrays, or properties from objects, into distinct variables. We can also use that to swap values fast, like this:

let a = 1, b = 2
[a, b] = [b, a]
console.log(a) // result -> 2
console.log(b) // result -> 1

Remove duplicates from an Array

This trick is pretty simple. Let’s say, I made an array that is containing numbers, strings, and booleans, but the values are repeating themselves more than once and I want to remove the duplicates. So what I can do is:

const array = [1, 3, 2, 3, 2, 1, true, false, true, 'Kio', 2, 3];
const filteredArray = [...new Set(array)];
console.log(filteredArray) // [1, 3, 2, true, false, "Kio"]

Short For Loop

You can write less code for a loop like this:

const names = ["Kio", "Rio", "Mac"];

// Long Version
for (let i = 0; i < names.length; i++) {
  const name = names[i];
  console.log(name);
}

// Short Version
for (let name of names) console.log(name);

Performance

In JS you can also get the time that the code was executed in like Google does:

google example

It looks like this:

const firstTime = performance.now();
something();
const secondTime = performance.now();
console.log(`The something function took ${secondTime - firstTime} milliseconds.`);

Thank you very much for reading this article.

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