4 JavaScript Array methods you must know

Angelos Chalaris · Aug 3, 2020 ·

JavaScript, Array, Cheatsheet

JavaScript arrays have a very robust API offering a plethora of amazing tools. Here are our top 4 JavaScript array methods every developer should know:

Array.prototype.map()

Array.prototype.map() creates a new array by applying the provided transformation to each element of the original array. The result is an array with the same length as the original array and elements transformed based on the provided function.

const arr = [1, 2, 3];
const double = x => x * 2;
arr.map(double); // [2, 4, 6]

Array.prototype.filter()

Array.prototype.filter() creates a new array by using a filtering function to keep only elements that return true based on that function. The result is an array with equal or less than the original array's length, containing a subset of the same elements as the original array.

const arr = [1, 2, 3];
const isOdd = x => x % 2 === 1;
arr.filter(isOdd); // [1, 3]
JavaScript Array Methods

Array.prototype.reduce()

Array.prototype.reduce() creates an output value of any type depending on a reducer function and an initial value. The result can be of any type such as an integer, an object or an array, based on the reducer function provided.

const arr = [1, 2, 3];

const sum = (x, y) => x + y;
arr.reduce(sum, 0); // 6

const increment = (x, y) => [...x, x[x.length - 1] + y];
arr.reduce(increment, [0]); // [0, 1, 3, 6]

Array.prototype.find()

Array.prototype.find() returns the first element for which a matcher function returns true. The result is a single element from the original array.

const arr = [1, 2, 3];
const isOdd = x => x % 2 === 1;
arr.find(isOdd); // 1

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    Creates an array of elements, ungrouping the elements in an array produced by zip and applying the provided function.

  • pullBy

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    Mutates the original array to filter out the values specified, based on a given iterator function.

  • JSONtoCSV

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    Converts an array of objects to a comma-separated values (CSV) string that contains only the columns specified.