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Async/Await: Introduction

bhagatparwinder profile image Parwinder πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’» ・2 min read

Callbacks and promises are great when it comes to performing async operations. Promises improved over callbacks and provide a flat code syntax, especially when it comes to chaining promises. The operators on promises like allSettled, any, then and catch make it easier to write complex async operations.

Async/Await was introduced in ES7 to promote a cleaner syntax to promises. Under the hood, async/await are promises; they provide a nice abstraction layer under those keywords.


async keyword could be used in front of any function (declaration, expressions, callbacks or literally anywhere). All it means is that the function will always return a promise. Any return values other than a promise will be wrapped in a resolved promise.

async function foo() {
    return "Parwinder" // returning a string but `async` will ensure it is wrapped in a promise

foo().then((data) => { // we can safely use then because async function foo returns a promise
    console.log(data); // Parwinder

We could return a promise in function foo, and it will still work. It will be unnecessary, though.

async function foo() {
    return Promise.resolve("Parwinder")

foo().then((data) => {
    console.log(data); // Parwinder


await keyword makes JavaScript wait until the promise settles and returns its result. It can only be used inside an async function.

async function foo() {
    const myPromise = new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
        setTimeout(() => {
            resolve("Parwinder"); // resolves with "Parwinder" after 2 seconds
        }, 2000);

    // will not move to the next line until myPromise resolves/rejects
    const name = await myPromise;
    // the execution pauses (or awaits) for the promise

    console.log(name); // Parwinder


As you can see in the above example await provides a cleaner syntax compared to Promise.then.

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It's important to note that await can also be used on non-promises, in which case it passes the value through.

This means that await can be used to resolve things that may or may not be promises.


Yep! My async/await blog post is a 3 part series. The 3rd part discusses this. You just have to await πŸ˜‰


Great explanation !!!
Short and clear I like this kind of blogs 😁😁


You are killing it with this series! Loving the posts πŸ™Œ


You are far too kind. I appreciate the feedback β™₯️


Async keyword also mean the functions used inside are asynchronous ^^