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What’s the difference between “{}” and “[]” while declaring a JavaScript array? Normally I declare like

var a=[];

What is the meaning of declaring the array as var a={}

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Nobody seems to be explaining the difference between an array and an object.

[] is declaring an array.

{} is declaring an object.

An array has all the features of an object with additional features (you can think of an array like a sub-class of an object) where additional methods and capabilities are added in the Array sub-class. In fact, typeof [] === "object" to further show you that an array is an object.

The additional features consist of a magic .length property that keeps track of the number of items in the array and a whole slew of methods for operating on the array such as .push(), .pop(), .slice(), .splice(), etc... You can see a list of array methods here.

An object gives you the ability to associate a property name with a value as in:

var x = {}; = 3;

x["whatever"] = 10;

console.log(;      // shows 3

console.log(x.whatever); // shows 10

Object properties can be accessed either via the syntax or via the array-like syntax x["foo"]. The advantage of the latter syntax is that you can use a variable as the property name

like x[myvar] and using the latter syntax, you can use property names that contain characters that Javascript won't allow in the syntax.

A property name can be any string value.

An array is an object so it has all the same capabilities of an object plus a bunch of additional features for managing an ordered, sequential list of numbered indexes starting from 0 and going up to some length. Arrays are typically used for an ordered list of items that are accessed by numerical index. And, because the array is ordered, there are lots of useful features to manage the order of the list .sort() or to add or remove things from the list.

JavaScript arrays are used to store multiple values in a single variable.


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

What is an Array?

An array is a special variable, which can hold more than one value at a time.

If you have a list of items (a list of car names, for example), storing the cars in single variables could look like this:

var car1 = "Saab";

var car2 = "Volvo";

var car3 = "BMW";

However, what if you want to loop through the cars and find a specific one? And what if you had not 3 cars, but 300?

The solution is an array!

An array can hold many values under a single name, and you can access the values by referring to an index number.

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