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JavaScript Data Types


String, Number, Boolean, Array, Object.


JavaScript Data Types

JavaScript variables can hold many data types: numbers, strings, arrays, objects and more:

var length = 16;                               // Number assigned by a number literal
var points = x * 10;                           // Number assigned by an expression literal
var lastName = "Johnson";                      // String assigned by a string literal
var cars = ["Saab", "Volvo", "BMW"];           // Array  assigned by an array literal
var x = {firstName:"John", lastName:"Doe"};    // Object assigned by an object literal


The Concept of Data Types

In programming, data types is an important concept.

To be able to operate on variables, it is important to know something about the type.

Without data types, a computer can not safely solve this:

16 + "Volvo"

Does it make any sense to add "Volvo" to sixteen? Will it produce an error or a result?

"16Volvo"


JavaScript Has Dynamic Types

JavaScript has dynamic types. This means that the same variable can be used as different types:

Example

var x;               // Now x is undefined
var x = 5;           // Now x is a Number
var x = "John";      // Now x is a String


JavaScript Strings

A string (or a text string) is a series of characters like "John Doe".

Strings are written with quotes. You can use single or double quotes:

Example

var carName = "Volvo XC60";   // Using double quotes
var carName = 'Volvo XC60';   // Using single quotes

You can use quotes inside a string, as long as they don't match the quotes surrounding the string:

Example

var answer = "It's alright";             // Single quote inside double quotes
var answer = "He is called 'Johnny'";    // Single quotes inside double quotes
var answer = 'He is called "Johnny"';    // Double quotes inside single quotes

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You will learn more about strings later in this tutorial.


JavaScript Numbers

JavaScript has only one type of numbers.

Numbers can be written with, or without decimals:

Example

var x1 = 34.00;     // Written with decimals
var x2 = 34;        // Written without decimals

Extra large or extra small numbers can be written with scientific (exponential) notation:

Example

var y = 123e5;      // 12300000
var z = 123e-5;     // 0.00123

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You will learn more about numbers later in this tutorial.


JavaScript Booleans

Booleans can only have two values: true or false.

Example

var x = true;
var y = false;

Booleans are often used in conditional testing.

You will learn more about conditional testing later in this tutorial.


JavaScript Arrays

JavaScript arrays are written with square brackets.

Array items are separated by commas.

The following code declares (creates) an array called cars, containing three items (car names):

Example

var cars = ["Saab", "Volvo", "BMW"];

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Array indexes are zero-based, which means the first item is [0], second is [1], and so on.

You will learn more about arrays later in this tutorial.


JavaScript Objects

JavaScript objects are written with curly braces.

Object properties are written as name:value pairs, separated by commas.

Example

var person = {firstName:"John", lastName:"Doe", age:50, eyeColor:"blue"};

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The object (person) in the example above has 4 properties: firstName, lastName, age, and eyeColor.

You will learn more about objects later in this tutorial.


The typeof Operator

You can use the JavaScript typeof operator to find the type of a JavaScript variable:

Example

typeof "John"                // Returns string
typeof 3.14                  // Returns number
typeof false                 // Returns boolean
typeof [1,2,3,4]             // Returns object
typeof {name:'John', age:34} // Returns object

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Note  In JavaScript, an array is a special type of object. Therefore typeof [1,2,3,4] returns object. 


Undefined

In JavaScript, a variable without a value is undefined.

Example

var person;                  // Value is undefined, typeof is also undefined

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You will learn more about undefined later in this tutorial.

Empty Values

An empty value has nothing to do with undefined.

An empty string variable has both a value and a type.

Example

var car = "";                // The value is "", the type is string

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Try it Yourself Summary

Declare (create) strings

Declare (create) numbers

Declare (create) an array

Declare (create) an object

Use typeof to find the data type

An undefined variable

An empty string



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