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The ins and outs of JavaScript reducer — a simple, yet powerful array method

Updated: Apr 28

JavaScript’s reduce is one of the most useful array methods that should be in a developer’s arsenal. Introduced in ES5, it’s somewhat similar to for…each and map methods that are used with arrays, but improves on their performance and simplicity in specific situations.

The reduce method executes a callback function that we provide on each element stored in an array and outputs the final value the operation generates. It’s a cleaner way of iterating over and processing the data stored in an array.