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Type Checking in JavaScript

Okay, JavaScript is a loosely-typed language, which means you do not declare the data type of a variable explicitly. In a basic variable assignment expression, e.g., var i = 4;, the value that assigns to the variable determines the data type of the variable. As you assign different types of data to the same variable, its data type changes as well. Given the nature of JavaScript, finding out what data type a variable represents before using it is very important. Continue Reading

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Working with Reference Types in JavaScript

JavaScript has both primitive and reference types. It has three primitive types: string, numeric, and boolean. Internally, these are small and fixed-sized collection of bytes that are easily and predictably manipulated at the low (primitive) levels of the JavaScript interpreter. Example of strings are ‘This is a string’ and “This is another string”. Numeric values – 1, and 3.1416. Boolean values – true or false. On the other hand, reference types are different. They include objects (including JS built-in objects), Arrays, and functions. Essentially, they can have any number of properties or elements with various types (both primitives and references), so they cannot be manipulated as easily as fixed-size primitive v Continue Reading