for vs forEach

JavaScript performance comparison

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Is it faster to use the native forEach or just loop with for?

Preparation code

<script>
  var i, values = [],
      sum = 0;
  for (i = 0; i < 10000; i++) {
    values[i] = i;
  }

  function add(val) {
    sum += val;
  }
</script>

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forEach
values.forEach(add);
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for loop, simple
for (i = 0; i < values.length; i++) {
  add(values[i]);
}
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for loop, cached length
var len = values.length;
for (i = 0; i < len; i++) {
  add(values[i]);
}
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for loop, reverse
for (i = values.length - 1; i >= 0; i--) {
  add(values[i]);
}
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for loop, test for membership
var len = values.length;

for (i = 0; i < len; i++) {
  if (i in values) {
    add(values[i]);
  }
}
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1 comment

John-David Dalton commented :

The point of the for-vs-array-foreach test is to show that by creating your own custom forEach-lite implementation you can get better performance over native.

Many times you don't need to support all of the functionality/edge cases of the native method and that allows you to gain performance/custom-functionality and save code because you no longer need to have an ES5 compliant fallback.

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