JavaScript ES6

JavaScript ES6

In this tutorial, you will learn about JavaScript ES6 with the help of examples.

JavaScript ES6 (also known as ECMAScript 2015 or ECMAScript 6) is the newer version of JavaScript that was introduced in 2015.

ECMAScript is the standard that JavaScript programming language uses. ECMAScript provides the specification on how JavaScript programming language should work.

This tutorial provides you a brief summary of commonly used features of ES6 so that you can start quickly in ES6.


JavaScript let

JavaScript let is used to declare variables. Previously, variables were declared using var statements.

To learn more about the difference between let and var, visit JavaScript let vs var.

The variables declared using let are block-scoped. This means they are only accessible within a particular block. For example,

// variable declared using let
let name = 'Sara';
{
    // can be accessed only inside
    let name = 'Peter';

    console.log(name); // Peter
}
console.log(name); // Sara 

JavaScript const

The const statement is used to declare constants in JavaScript. For example,

// name declared with const cannot be changed
const name = 'Sara';

Once declared, you cannot change the value of a const variable.


JavaScript Arrow Function

In the ES6 version, you can use arrow functions to create function expressions. For example,

This function

// function expression
let x = function(x, y) {
   return x * y;
}

can be written as

// function expression using arrow function
let x = (x, y) => x * y;

To learn more about arrow functions, visit JavaScript Arrow Function.


JavaScript Classes

JavaScript class is used to create an object. Class similar to a constructor function. For example,

class Person {
  constructor(name) {
    this.name = name;
  }
}

Keyword class is used to create a class. The properties are assigned in a constructor function.

Now you can create an object. For example,

class Person {
  constructor(name) {
    this.name = name;
  }
}

let person1 = new Person('John');

console.log(person1.name); // John

To learn more about classes, visit JavaScript Classes.


Default Parameter Values

In the ES6 version, you can pass default values in the function parameters. For example,

function sum(x, y = 5) {

    // take sum
    // the value of y is 5 if not passed
    console.log(x + y);
}

sum(5); // 10
sum(5, 15); // 20

In the above example, if you don't pass the parameter for y, it will take 5 by default.

To learn more about default parameters, visit JavaScript Function Default Parameters.


JavaScript Template Literals

The template literal has made it easier to include variables inside a string. For example, before you had to do:

let first_name = "Jack";
let last_name = "Sparrow";

console.log('Hello ' + first_name + ' ' + last_name);

This can be achieved using template literal by:

let first_name = "Jack";
let last_name = "Sparrow";

console.log(`Hello ${first_name} ${last_name}`);

To learn more about template literals, visit JavaScript Template Literal.


JavaScript Destructuring

The destructuring syntax makes it easier to assign values to a new variable. For example,

// before you would do something like this
const person = {
    name: 'Sara',
    age: 25,
    gender: 'female'    
}

let name = person.name;
let age = person.age;
let gender = person.gender;

console.log(name); // Sara
console.log(age); // 25
console.log(gender); // female

Using ES6 Destructuring syntax, the above code can be written as:

const person = {
    name: 'Sara',
    age: 25,
    gender: 'female'    
}

let { name, age, gender } = person;

console.log(name); // Sara
console.log(age); // 25
console.log(gender); // female

To learn more about destructuring, visit JavaScript Destructuring.


JavaScript import and export

You could export a function or a program and use it in another program by importing it. This helps to make reusable components. For example, if you have two JavaScript files named contact.js and home.js.

In contact.js file, you can export the contact() function:

// export
export default function contact(name, age) {
    console.log(`The name is ${name}. And age is ${age}.`);
}

Then when you want to use the contact() function in another file, you can simply import the function. For example, in home.js file

import contact from './contact.js';

contact('Sara', 25);
// The name is Sara. And age is 25

JavaScript Promises

Promises are used to handle asynchronous tasks. For example,

// returns a promise
let countValue = new Promise(function (resolve, reject) {
   reject('Promise rejected'); 
});

// executes when promise is resolved successfully
countValue.then(
    function successValue(result) {
        console.log(result); // Promise resolved
    },
 )

To learn more about promises, visit JavaScript Promises.


JavaScript Rest Parameter and Spread Operator

You can use the rest parameter to represent an indefinite number of arguments as an array. For example,

function show(a, b, ...args) {
  console.log(a); // one
  console.log(b); // two
  console.log(args); // ["three", "four", "five", "six"]
}

show('one', 'two', 'three', 'four', 'five', 'six')

You pass the remaining of the arguments using ... syntax. Hence, the name rest parameter.

You use the spread syntax ... to copy the items into a single array. For example,

let arr1 = ['one', 'two'];
let arr2 = [...arr1, 'three', 'four', 'five'];
console.log(arr2); // ["one", "two", "three", "four", "five"]

Both the rest parameter and the spread operator use the same syntax. However, the spread operator is used with arrays (iterable values).

To learn more about the spread operator, visit JavaScript Spread Operator.