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JavaScript JavaScript Array Iteration Methods Array Manipulation Return a Single Value from an Array with reduce()

Why does return count++ not work here

count ++ is the same as count +1 and count +=1 or am I going crazy today!?

Gremyko Coleman
Gremyko Coleman
9,065 Points

I was thinking the same thing as you, its crazy, you learn something new everyday, now I know to use ++count, if the variable count is not a global variable.

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
212,230 Points

The "++" operator is known as a "post-increment", which means that it returns the current value first, and then increments it.

So when it appears on a line by itself, it does the same thing as the other examples. But when you do something directly with the value (like in a "return") you get a different value.

You didn't show the actual code, but unless "count" is a global, you probably want "count + 1" there.

Doron Geyer
Doron Geyer
Full Stack JavaScript Techdegree Student 13,882 Points

Just to demonstrate this visually as that often helps.

let i = 1;
function increment(){
// i = 1
// i = 2

please correct me if I'm wrong here Steven Parker , but the above snippet basically i is logged as 1 inside the function and after it is logged, it gets incremented. Which is why outside the function when logged again it is shown as 2 ( post increment).

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
212,230 Points

Yes this example effectively illustrates how post-increment works.

And for comparison, if you substitute the pre-‚Äćincrement operator instead, both logged values will be 2:

  console.og(++i);  // PRE-increment operator