Different type of function in JavaScript

03 November, 2018 - 5 min read


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A JavaScript function is a block of code designed to perform a particular task.

MDN Says:

Functions are one of the fundamental building blocks in JavaScript. A function is a JavaScript procedure — a set of statements that performs a task or calculates a value. To use a function, you must define it somewhere in the scope from which you wish to call it.

A JavaScript function is executed when “something” invokes it (calls it).


function square(x) {
  return x * x;

square(10); // 100

Basic Syntax:

function validFunctionName(parameter) {
  return statement;

A function can have multiple parameters or no parameters at all. In the following example, bark does not list any parameter names, whereas power lists two:

bark( )

function bark() {
  return "woof-woof";

bark(); //   woof-woof

power( )

function power(base, exponent) {
  let result = 1;
  for(let count = 0; count < exponent; count++) {
    result *= base;
  return result;

power(2, 10); // 1024

Function Expression:

A Function Expressions defines a named or anonymous function. An anonymous function is a function that has no name.

var fullName = function(firstName, lastName) {
 return `${firstName} ${lastName}`;

fullName("Jamal", "Uddin"); // Jamal Uddin

Arrow Function:

An Arrow Function Expression is a shorter syntax for writing function expressions. Arrow functions do not create their own this value.

We can write arrow function in multiple ways:


it’s just looks like a regular function expression but have arrow (=>) key.

const double = (value) => {
  return value * 2

double(10); // 20


Omit the return keyword

const double2 = value => value * 2;

double2(10); // 20


If our function have no parameter

const noise = () => console.log("Pling");

noise(); // Pling


const noise2 = _ => console.log("Pling");

noise2(); // Pling


If we have two or more parameter, you can must be used parenthesis

const addAll = (x, y, z) => x + y + z;

addAll(10, 20, 30); // 60


We can use default value in our parameters

const multiply = (a = 2, b = 3, c = 1) => a * b * c;

multiply(2, 2, 2); // 8
multiply(2, 2);    // 4
multiply(3);       // 9
multiply();        // 6

JavaScript is extremely broad-minded about the number of arguments you pass to a function. If you pass too many, the extra ones are ignored. If you pass too few, the missing parameters get assigned the value undefined.


Remember, the return keyword can ONLY be used inside of a function. let's take a look at another example.

function returnOnlyOnce(){
  return "Hello";
  return "Goodbye";

returnOnlyOnce(); // "Hello"

We see from this example that the return keyword can only be executed once in a function. Once it is executed, the function is complete and no other lines of code will be executed.

Function Shorthand methods:

Shorthand method definition can be used in a method declaration on object literals and ES6 classes. We can define them using a function name, followed by a list of parameters in a pair of parenthesis (para1, ..., paramN) and a pair of curly braces { ... } that delimits the body statements.

The following example uses shorthand method definition in an object literal:

const fruits = {  
  items: [],
  add(...items) {
  get(index) {
    return this.items[index];

fruits.add('mango', 'banana', 'guava');  
fruits.get(1); // banana

add() and get() methods in fruits object are defined using short method definition. These methods are called as usual: fruits.add(...) and fruits.get(...).

Generator Function:

ES6 introduced a new way of working with functions and iterators in the form of Generators (or generator functions). A generator is a function that can stop midway and then continue from where it stopped. ***In short, a generator *appears to be a function but it behaves like an iterator.**

Note: async/await is based on generators. Read more here. Async Functions This is a marked improvement. All of the promise boilerplate above and beyond the semantic content of the code is…tc39.github.io


function * generatorFunction() { 
  yield 'Hello, ';

console.log('I will be printed after the pause');  
  yield 'World!';

const generatorObject = generatorFunction();


// output should be following below.
// Hello, 
// I will be printed after the pause
// World!
// undefined

Function with: new Function

The Function constructor creates a new Function object.

var sum = new Function('a', 'b', 'return a + b');

console.log(sum(2, 6)); // 8

Source of truth:

  1. MDN Function
  2. Eloquent JavaScript functions chapter
  3. w3schools

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