Hoisting is a mechanism where variable or function declarations are moved to the top of their scope before they're executed. That means, if we do this:
console.log(greeter); var greeter = "say Hello!";
It'll be interpreted as this:
var greeter; console.log(greeter); //undefined greeter = "say Hello!";
null is a value, just like 2, 3.5 or true. Setting a variable to
null means that you have declared a variable and decided to give the value - nothing, to it.
undefined on the other hand, means you have declared a variable but not given it any value yet.
null loosely equalizes to
undefined but there are a few gotchas!
console.log(null == undefined); //true console.log(null === undefined); //false console.log(null >= 0); //true console.log(null <= 0); //true console.log(undefined <= 0); //false console.log(undefined >= 0); //false
This is a simple one.
== means loose equality. It's used when you want to know if two values are equal if they'd have same type. For example:
console.log(0 == false); //true console.log(1 == 1.0); //true console.log(1 == '1'); //true
=== however, checks for strict equality. It means, it'll only return true IF the two values are absolutely same. For example:
console.log(0 === false); //false console.log(1 === 1.0); //true, it's a bad idea to compare floats anyway. console.log(1 === '1'); //false
That's all folks!