What’s new in JavaScript? ES2017 Language Features

The ECMAScript 2017 Language Specification – the 8th edition of the spec – was officially released at the end of June by TC39.

💁‍♂️ ICYWW: Should we say ES2017 or ES8?

→ Say ES2017. Back in the day ES6 was (and still is) used a lot to refer to ES2015, but one should be referring to the standard using the year references (or refer to a language feature using its name)

One of the top additions – which I’ve been using for quite a while now thanks to babel-polyfill and its included core-js – is Object.entries()/Object.values(), as they have rather big effect on the way I write my code.

const obj = { x: 'xxx', y: 1 };
Object.values(obj); // ['xxx', 1]

const obj = { x: 'xxx’, y: 1 };
Object.entries(obj); // [[’x’, 'xxx’], [’y’, 1]]

As it’s an array, one can easily append a .forEach(…) to each one of these beauties to get going … And don’t forget about map/reduce/filter either 😉

Async functions is also at the top of my list of influential features:

function fetchTextByPromise() {
  return new Promise(resolve => { 
    setTimeout(() => { 
    }, 2000);

async function sayHello() { 
  const externalFetchedText = await fetchTextByPromise();
  console.log(`Hello, ${externalFetchedText}`); // Hello, ES2017

Furthermore some new string padding functions, Object.getOwnPropertyDescriptors(obj), “Trailing commas in function parameter lists and calls”, and “Shared memory and atomics” has been added.

ES8 was Released and here are its Main New Features →
ECMAScript 2017 Language Specification (PDF) →

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