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Issue #321  (Array.includes(), Frameworks, JS Utils, Git/CLI)

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Another useful method that's been added to the variety of array methods in ECMAScript is Array.includes(). This method will return true if a given value is found in the array and false if not.

For example, I'll use the following array:

let myArray = ['one', 2, '3', 'four', 5, NaN];

Here's how it's used with a single positive argument:

console.log(myArray.includes('one')); // true
console.log(myArray.includes('2')); // false
console.log(myArray.includes(2)); // true
console.log(myArray.includes('3')); // true

Notice the data types are respected and not coerced.

I can also use a second argument, which starts searching for the given value at the specified index in the array:

console.log(myArray.includes('four', 4)); // false
console.log(myArray.includes('four', 3)); // true

The integer value can be negative, which tells the JavaScript engine that I'm searching for the given value starting at array.length+integer:

console.log(myArray.includes('one', -2)); // false
console.log(myArray.includes('four', -4)); // true

Finally, you'll notice the array includes a value of NaN. Since NaN !== NaN in JavaScript, if I use Array.indexOf() to find NaN, the search would fail. But Array.includes() allows me to find NaN in the array:

console.log(myArray.indexOf(NaN)); // -1
console.log(myArray.includes(NaN)); // true

Here's a CodePen that uses all the above code examples.

This feature was added to ECMAScript in ES7 but has strong browser support. It's supported in all modern browsers on desktop and mobile with the only missing browser being IE11.

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Front-end Frameworks

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MD Bootstrap Snippets
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Hackathon Starter
A boilerplate for Node.js web applications, specifically with Hackathons in mind, but likely has other use cases too.

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A modern client-side JavaScript framework for building Single Page Applications. It's small (under 10kb gzip), fast and provides routing and XHR utilities out of the box.

Chakra Design System
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Admin Bro
An admin panel for apps written in Node.

A JavaScript framework for front-end microservices.

React Layouts
A go-to resource for examples of modern self-contained page layout styles for use in React.

Atomize React
A UI framework that helps developers collaborate with designers and build consistent user interfaces effortlessly.

Flawwwless UI
A React component library for building enterprise applications.

JavaScript Utilities

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The buffer module from Node.js, for the browser.

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Color Thief
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Humanize Duration
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Search UI
A JavaScript search framework for implementing world-class search experiences without reinventing the wheel.

Git, GitHub, and CLI Tools

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Slack reminders and notifications for GitLab. Personal and team notifications to suit your workflow.

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GitHub Actions Toolkit
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A CLI to help you get insight into your projects' licenses.

A simple bash script (compatible with Debian-based distributions like Ubuntu and Kali) to install and setup necessary tools after a fresh install.

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