string concat vs array join

JavaScript performance comparison

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Test the performance difference between string concact and array join for a large (10,000) number of words.

Preparation code

Benchmark.prototype.setup = function() {
    var words = ['this', 'is', 'a', 'test'];
    var text = words[0];
    var a = [words[0]];
    var i;
    var text2;

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for(i = 1; i < 10000; ++i)
    text += ' ' + words[i & 3] + Math.random();

text2 = text;
for(i = 1; i < 10000; ++i)
    a.push(' ',words[i & 3],Math.random());

text2 = a.join('');

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