JavaScript Language feature Idea

Tiddo Langerak tiddolangerak at
Tue Apr 19 08:17:25 UTC 2016

If we're talking about adding a new method anyway, why not just add a 
more general `get` method with support for both positive and negative 
indices? That would be consistent with the other array methods, and 
additionally I think it is more natural to use `arr.get(-2)` than 
`arr.last(1)`. Using `last` to get anything but the very last element 
just seems weird to me.

On 04/19/2016 10:00 AM, Bruno Jouhier wrote:
> Adding `last` to `Array.prototype` is no different than adding 
> `endsWith` to `String.prototype`. ES2015 did it.
> It won't break most existing code that defines `Array.prototype.last`. 
> Such code will just overwrite the new `last` method and will continue 
> to work as before.
> You won't be able to mix old libraries that have their own `last` 
> method with new code if the methods behave differently but that's a 
> different story; that's not breaking existing web pages.
> What will break though is existing code that test the existence of 
> `Array.prototype.last`; but `String.prototype.endsWith` had the same 
> issue.
> last(1) would return last but one, and last() would be the same as last(0)
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