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ES6 Variables

In ES6, we have a new way of specifying variables: let


Before ES6, we only had var which would create a variable scoped to the nearest function.

This was problematic because variables would leak into the rest of the function, especially when used with for loops.

Take this ES5 example:

for(var i in thing) {

After the loop, i is still available!


With let, that is no longer an issue. Let creates a variable that is only available in the nearest block.

This is perfect for loops and closures:

for(let i in thing) {
 // i is available

// i is NOT available

In general, use let whenever possible.