Enumerating vs Iteration on an Array

JavaScript performance comparison

Test case created by Jeremy Osborne


Which is faster:

I'm sure this has been done before, and my gut tells me the answer, but I couldn't find a test and I wanted to see the performance impact before changing some core code I use but I don't own. In other words, this is CYA for me.

Preparation code

Benchmark.prototype.setup = function() {
    var i;
    var a = [];
    for (i = 0; i < 10000; i++) {
        a[i] = i;
    // export for testing
    window.a = a;

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Test Ops/sec
Looping through the array using usual for loop iteration
for (var i = 0; i < a.length; i++) {
    // Just check access time.
Looping through an array using an enumeration for loop
for (var i in a) {
    if (a.hasOwnProperty(i)) {
        // Just check access time.

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