var for variable declaration. This tutorial will shed light on this topic, helping you understand when and why to use each keyword.
Let's start with a simple code snippet to get our feet wet:
Here we see
var was the only option for declaring variables. However,
var has its quirks, especially around scoping rules. Enter ES6 (ECMAScript 2015), which introduced
const, providing developers with more control over variable scope.
let allows you to declare variables that are limited in scope to the block, statement, or expression where they are used, compared to
var, which defines a variable globally or locally to an entire function regardless of block scope.
The primary differences lie in scope, hoisting, and reassignment.
var is function-scoped, while
const are block-scoped.
var declarations are hoisted to the top of their scope and initialized with
undefined, meaning they can be referenced before they're declared.
const, however, are not initialized until their definition is evaluated.
var allows redeclaration within its scope, whereas
let does not.
const is similar to
let but requires immediate assignment and cannot be reassigned later.
let provides a clearer, more predictable way to declare variables and has largely supplanted
var in contemporary codebases. For instance,
let is block-scoped, making it a better choice for loops and conditionals where you want the variable to exist only within a certain context.
let allows you to declare a variable with block-level scope. Unlike
var, which can sometimes lead to unexpected results due to its function-level scope,
let makes it easier to manage variables in complex applications. Here's an example to illustrate:
In the above example,
blockScoped is not accessible outside the
if block, demonstrating the block-level scope of
To solidify your understanding of
var, and even
const, it's beneficial to read through reputable sources such as Mozilla Developer Network (MDN), W3Schools, and ECMA International for the official ECMAScript documentation.
By now, you should have a clearer picture of the
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