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JavaScript ES6 Features - Computed Property Names

Sometimes you may want to initialize an object by setting the property names dynamically using strings defined somewhere else. You can use the ES6’s Computed property names for this, in this quick tips episode, you will learn how. Above is the vid and below you will find some useful notes.
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    Pre-reqs

    • Have a browser like Chrome, Edge or Firefox installed
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    Using Computed Property Names in Javascript

    • Initialize and Object with a computed property name
      const fieldName = 'creature';
      
      let myObject = {
        [fieldName]: '馃悏'
      };
      
    • Getting the values from the object using the dot or the bracket notation
      console.log(myObject.creature);
      console.log(myObject[fieldName]);
      
    • A more complex example of computed property names
      let stuff = {
        ['food' + 1]: '馃崒',
        ['something'.toUpperCase() + 1 + '_function' + 2]: () => '馃徍'
      }
      
      console.log(stuff.food1);
      console.log(stuff.SOMETHING1_function2());
      
    • Defining Class methods and getters or setters using computed property names
      const aDynamicMethodName = 'weirdHuh',
            aDynamicPropertyName = 'something';
      
      class SomethinInteresting {
        [aDynamicMethodName]() {
          console.log('Interesting way of naming methods');
        }
      
        get [aDynamicPropertyName]() {
          return 'a dynamic getter name is born!';
        }
      }
      
    • Calling the methods or getters using the dot or the bracket notation
      const myNewObject = new SomethinInteresting();
      
      myNewObject[aDynamicMethodName]();
      myNewObject.something;
      
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