for vs forEach

JavaScript performance comparison

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

Inspired by Adrian Sutton's tests at: http://www.symphonious.net/2010/10/09/javascript-performance-for-vs-foreach/

Adds random numbers rather than sequentially increasing numbers to avoid any numerical bias that might occur from adding increasing or decreasing numbers in forward or reverse.

Preparation code

<script src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1/jquery.min.js">
</script>
<script>
Benchmark.prototype.setup = function() {
    var i,
        value,
        length,
        values = [],
        sum = 0,
        context = values;
   
   
    for (i = 0; i < 10000; i++) {
        values[i] = Math.floor(Math.random() * 100);
    }
   
    function add(val) {
        sum += val;
    }
};

Benchmark.prototype.teardown = function() {
    i = 0;
    value = 0;
    length = 0;
    values = [];
    sum = 0;
};
</script>

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Test Ops/sec
forEach
values.forEach(add);
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for loop, simple
for (i = 0; i < values.length; i++) {
    sum += values[i];
}
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for loop, cached length
length = values.length;
for (i = 0; i < length; i++) {
    sum += values[i];
}
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for loop, reverse
for (i = values.length - 1; i >= 0; i--) {
    sum += values[i];
}
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for loop, cached length, callback
length = values.length;
for (i = 0; i < length; i++) {
    add(values[i], i, values);
}
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for loop, cached length, callback.call
length = values.length;
for (i = 0; i < length; i++) {
    add.call(context, values[i], i, values);
}
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$.each
$.each(values, function(key, value) {
    sum += value;
});
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for ... in
for (i in values) {
    sum += values[i];
}
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for loop, reverse, decrement condition
for (i = values.length; i--;) {
    sum += values[i];
}
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for loop, reverse, pre-decrement
for (i = values.length - 1; i >= 0; --i) {
    sum += values[i];
}
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for loop, assignment condition
for (i = 0; (value = values[i]) !== undefined; i++) {
    sum += value;
}
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for loop, assignment condition, reversed
for (i = values.length - 1; (value = values[i]) !== undefined; i--) {
    sum += value;
}
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for loop, assignment condition, callback
for (i = 0; (value = values[i]) !== undefined; i++) {
    add(value, i, values);
}
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for loop, assignment condition, callback.call
for (i = 0; (value = values[i]) !== undefined; i++) {
    add.call(context, value, i, values);
}
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