Issue #173  (Array.slice, CSS Tools, Testing/Debugging, Uncats)

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Here's something I just learned (or maybe I just forgot about it) regarding JavaScript's Array.slice() method. Array.slice() is a well-known feature that goes back to ES3 that allows you to "slice" a portion of an array using either one or two arguments.

The first argument represents where to begin slicing in the array and, somewhat confusingly, the second argument represents the slot after the slice's ending position. Some simple examples:
var array = ['one', 'two', 'three', 'four', 'five'];

console.log(array.slice(2)); // ["three", "four", "five"]
console.log(array.slice(2, 4)); // ["three", "four"]
console.log(array.slice(1, 3)); // ["two", "three"]

As you can see, if you include only one argument, the second argument is assumed to be the length of the array, so it will grab everything from the start point on.

But interestingly, you can also use negative numbers for either of the arguments. So the following does a bit of a bizarre extraction:
console.log(array.slice(-4, -1)); // ["two", "three", "four"]

In that case I'm extracting the middle three elements in the array using negative values for start/end. But the most useful technique using negative values is when you use a single argument. This allows you to extract the specified number of elements from the back of the array, but still in the order they appear inside the array:
console.log(array.slice(-4)); // ["two", "three", "four", "five"]
console.log(array.slice(-2)); // ["four", "five"]

Demo with all examples

More info on Array.slice on MDN and, as mentioned, this is safe to use in all browsers.

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