for vs forEach

JavaScript performance comparison

Revision 57 of this test case created by Gajus

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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/

This one adds random floating point numbers to see if the loop overhead is significant at all in the face of standard work.

Preparation code

 
<script>
Benchmark.prototype.setup = function() {
    var i,
        value,
        length,
        values = [],
        sum = 0,
        context = values;
   
   
    for (i = 0; i < 10000; i++) {
        values[i] = Math.random();
    }
   
    function add(val) {
        sum += val;
    }
    function addEach(k, val) {
        sum += val;
    }
   
    var toString = Object.prototype.toString;
   
    function isArray(obj) {
        return toString.call(obj) === '[object Array]';
    }
   
    function isObject(obj) {
        return toString.call(obj) === '[object Object]';
    }
   
    function isString(obj) {
        return toString.call(obj) === '[object String]';
    }
   
    function each(obj, iterator) {
        var key, length;
        if (!obj) {
                return;
        }
        length = obj.length;
   
        if (isArray(obj) || isString(obj)) {
                for(key = 0; key < length; key += 1) {
                        iterator(obj[key], key, obj);
                }
                return obj;
        }
   
        if (isObject(obj)) {
                for(key in obj) {
                        if (obj.hasOwnProperty(key)) {
                                iterator(obj[key], key, obj);
                        }
                }
                return obj;
        }
   
        return obj;
    };
   
    function each1 (data, iterator) {
        var i,
                length = data.length;
        for (i = 0; i < length; i += 1) {
                iterator(data[i], i, data);
        }
    }
   
    function each2 (data, iterator) {
        var i,
                length = data.length;
        for (i = 0; i < length; ++i) {
                iterator(data[i], i, data);
        }
    }
};

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

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Testing in unknown unknown
Test Ops/sec
strict 0 comparison
var arr = values,
    length = arr.length;
while (length-- !== 0) {
    add(arr[length], length, arr);
}
pending…
for loop, cached length, callback
var arr = values,
    length = arr.length + 1;
while (--length !== 0) {
    add(arr[length-1], length-1, arr);
}
pending…
for loop, cached length, callback, reduce op
var arr = values,
    length = arr.length;
for (var i = 0; i < length; ++i) {
    add(arr[i], i, arr);
}
pending…
new each
each(values, add);
pending…
without strict zero comparison
var arr = values,
    length = arr.length;
while (length--) {
    add(arr[length], length, arr);
}
pending…
each1
each1(values, add);
pending…
each2
each2(values, add);
pending…

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