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JavaScript Arrow Functions

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_Today, We will learn how to use the JavaScript arrow function to write more concise code for function expressions.


Introduction

ES6 arrow functions provide you with an alternative way to write a shorter syntax compared to the function expression.

The following example defines a function expression that adds two numbers:

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Arrow Function Example

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In above example, The arrow function has one expression x + y so it returns the result of the expression.

However, if you use the block syntax, you need to specify the return keyword:

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The typeof operator returns function indicating the type of arrow function.

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Arrow Functions With Multiple Parameters

If an arrow function has two or more parameters, we need to use the following syntax:

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For example, To sort an array of numbers in the descending order, we use the sort() method of the array object as follows:

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The code is more concise with the arrow function syntax:

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Arrow Functions With Single Parameter

  • If an arrow function takes a single parameter, we can use the following syntax:

(parameter1) => { statements }

  • Note that, We can omit the parentheses as follows:

parameter => { statements }

The following example uses an arrow function as an argument of the map() method that transforms an array of strings into an array of the string’s lengths.

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Arrow Functions With No Parameter

If the arrow function has no parameter, we must use the parentheses, like this:

( ) => { statements }


Line Break Between Parameter Definition and Arrow

JavaScript doesn’t allow us to use a line break between the parameter definition and the arrow ( => ) in an arrow function. The following code produces a SyntaxError:

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However, the following code works perfectly fine:

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JavaScript allows us to use the line break between parameters as shown in the following example:

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Summary:

Arrow functions are handy for one-liners. They come in two flavors:

  1. Without curly braces: (...args) => expression – the right side is an expression: the function evaluates it and returns the result.
  2. With curly braces: (...args) => { body } – brackets allow us to write multiple statements inside the function, but we need an explicit return to return something.

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