September 24, 2014 · JS

Javascript - 01 - Variables, Data Type

Javascript has different version because of the different standard.

JavaScript version Navigator version
JavaScript 1.0 Navigator 2.0
JavaScript 1.1 Navigator 3.0
JavaScript 1.2 Navigator 4.0-4.05
JavaScript 1.3 Navigator 4.06-4.7x
JavaScript 1.4
JavaScript 1.5 Navigator 6.0
Mozilla (open source browser)
JavaScript 1.6 Firefox 1.5, other Mozilla 1.8-based products
JavaScript 1.7 Firefox 2, other Mozilla 1.8.1-based products
JavaScript 1.8 Firefox 3, other Gecko 1.9-based products

Data types

Type Examples of typed values / Notes
Numbers 42, 3.14159
Logical (Boolean) true / false
Strings "Howdy"
null a special keyword denoting a null value; null is also a primitive value. Because JavaScript is case-sensitive, null is not the same as NullNULL, or any other variant
undefined a top-level property whose value is undefined; undefined is also a primitive value.

Define variables,_variables,_and_literals
var x = 10; //local variables.
y = 10; //global variables.
Variable default value is undefined
NaN is a property of the global object.
NaN === NaN; // false
Number.NaN === NaN; // false
isNaN(NaN); // true
isNaN(Number.NaN); // true
The initial value of NaN is Not-A-Number — the same as the value of Number.NaN. In modern browsers, NaN is a non-configurable, non-writable property. Even when this is not the case, avoid overriding it.


const prefix = '212';


var fish = ["Lion", , "Angel"];

Object Literals

var Sales = "Toyota";
function CarTypes(name) {
 if (name == "Honda") {
 return name;
 } else {
 return "Sorry, we don't sell " + name + ".";
var car = { myCar: "Saturn", getCar: CarTypes("Honda"), special: Sales };
console.log(car.myCar); // Saturn
console.log(car.getCar); // Honda
console.log(car.special); // Toyota
/*=================================Nested Object=========================*/
var car = { manyCars: {a: "Saab", "b": "Jeep"}, 7: "Mazda" };
console.log(car.manyCars.b); // Jeep
console.log(car[7]); // Mazda
/*===========================Empty String Identifier===================*/
var unusualPropertyNames = {
 "": "An empty string",
 "!": "Bang!"
console.log(unusualPropertyNames.""); // SyntaxError: Unexpected string
console.log(unusualPropertyNames[""]); // "An empty string"
console.log(unusualPropertyNames.!); // SyntaxError: Unexpected token !
console.log(unusualPropertyNames["!"]); // "Bang!"
//The empty string Identifier is able to compiled , but not as used.
/*=========================Unusual Case on Selector==================*/
var foo = {a: "alpha", 2: "two"};
console.log(foo.a); // alpha
console.log(foo[2]); // two
//console.log(foo.2); // Error: missing ) after argument list
//console.log(foo[a]); // Error: a is not defined
console.log(foo["a"]); // alpha
console.log(foo["2"]); // two

Special Characters

Character Meaning
\b Backspace
\f Form feed
\n New line
\r Carriage return
\t Tab
\v Vertical tab
\' Apostrophe or single quote
\" Double quote
\\ Backslash character
\XXX The character with the Latin-1 encoding specified by up to three octal digits XXX between 0 and 377. For example, \251 is the octal sequence for the copyright symbol.
\xXX The character with the Latin-1 encoding specified by the two hexadecimal digits XX between 00 and FF. For example, \xA9 is the hexadecimal sequence for the copyright symbol.
\uXXXX The Unicode character specified by the four hexadecimal digits XXXX. For example, \u00A9 is the Unicode sequence for the copyright symbol. SeeUnicode escape sequences.