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Adam Gerthel

I don't have a computer science background so what you're referring to is not something I can easily relate to. I have a vague idea of the concept of linked lists, but I don't understand the big O notation (entirely new concept to me).

Do you mean that it's less performant than needed? Because I'm creating a new array which contains two arrays both of which will have to be looped due to using the spread operator as opposed to a push (which would not need to loop the whole array)?

Sorry if I'm not very clear, I'm simply not very good with these concepts and I'm genuinely interested in understanding what you're saying.

Update: Ok, I think I understand now.. You're saying that my solution with the spread operator will decrease in performance for each value in the exampleValues array, which is a bad practice. And it's O(n2) (opposed to O(n)) because I'm doing it twice?

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Idan Arye

O(n2), not O(n2). As in - O(n*n). As the array get bigger, the spread operator takes more and more time to perform because it needs to copy more values, as opposed to push which only needs to add one value (and sometimes increase the size, which takes longer - but it doesn't do it on each push)

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Adam Gerthel

O(n2), not O(n2). As in - O(n*n)

I'm aware, I just don't know how to do it on my keyboard. And yes, I do realise there's a major difference and it shouldn't be trivialised..

Anyway, thanks - I learned something new today :)

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Idan Arye

dev.to does it for you with the ^ operator - so O(n^2) becomes O(n2).