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When typing this array in the console :

var nums = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6];

and you type nums.pop();

you get a return value of 6. But since the length of the array is now 5, shouldn't it say 5?

For example, when you do nums.push(7); it returns the number 7 (because there are now 7 items in the array).

What's the difference?

2 Answers

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
216,083 Points

The return value of a "pop" is not the number of items left in the array — it's the value of the item that it removes from the array. So in this example, it removes the value "6" from the end of the list.

On the other hand, "push" does return the number of items in the array.

Blake Larson
Blake Larson
12,988 Points

Pop() removes the last index of an array and returns the removed item. If it was [1,2,3,4,5,9] it would return 9 and nums is now [1,2,3,4,5].

If you do it to nums again like: let lastNum = nums.pop();

console.log(lastNum); 5 console.log(nums.length); 4