JavaScript – Shorthand Functions

JavaScript 1.8 [21] introduces a shorthand (called “expression closures”)
for writing simple functions. If a function evaluates a single
expression and returns its value, you can omit the return keyword and also the curly braces
around the function body, and simply place the expression to be
evaluated immediately after the argument list. Here are some

let succ = function(x) x+1, yes = function() true, no = function() false;

This is simply a convenience: functions defined in this way
behave exactly like functions defined with curly braces and the
return keyword. This shorthand
syntax is particularly convenient when passing functions to other
functions, however. For example:

// Sort an array in reverse numerical order
data.sort(function(a,b) b-a);

// Define a function that returns the sum of the squares of an array of data
let sumOfSquares = function(data) 
     Array.reduce(, function(x) x*x), function(x,y) x+y);

[21] Rhino does not implement this feature at the time of this

Comments are closed.