Array.reduce method is an underrated little method. Along with
Array.filter, it fits under the banner of ‘functional programming’, in that it lets you do things you would do with
for loops except with functions.
Array.mapmaps values in one array to computed values in another
Array.reducereduces values in one array into one value.
Array.reduce, you’ll need:
- an array
- a function that takes arguments of
(previousValue, currentValue)and returns a new value.
Here’s sum implemented with reduce. The input array is
[1, 2, 3], and the function adds the running sum to the current value. The starting value is
0. The neat part is that there’s a sort of feedback loop going: what you return from the function is given back to it for the next element.
Reduce feels a lot to me like making juice: you have
- the ingredients
- a function that combines the current mixture with the next ingredient
- a glass
Excruciating Technical Detail
Array.reduce is underrated because it can easily implement a lot of other functions with just itself: the ‘single value’ it reduces into can be anything: a number, and array, an object, and so on…