Lesson 1

Exploring the Cosmos of Strings: Mastering Basic String Operations in JavaScript

Overview and Actualization

Hello! Today, we're going to explore some key JavaScript string operations: concatenation, slicing, charAt, includes, indexOf, toLowerCase, and toUpperCase. We'll unlock these skills through examples.

Introduction to Strings in JavaScript

Strings in JavaScript are used to store and manage text. To create a string, you can use single quotes (' '), double quotes (" "), or backticks (``). Here's an example:

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1let firstName = 'Tim'; // Using single quotes 2let lastName = "Cook"; // Using double quotes 3let job = `CEO of Apple Inc.`; // Using backticks 4 5console.log(firstName); // Prints: "Tim" 6console.log(lastName); // Prints: "Cook" 7console.log(job); // Prints: "CEO of Apple Inc."

In the example above, each of the variables firstName, lastName, and job holds a string.

String Concatenation

Concatenation combines strings. In JavaScript, we use the + operator for this task. It's like merging puzzle pieces. Consider the following example:

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1let planet = 'Mars'; 2let welcomeMessage = 'Welcome to ' + planet + '!'; 3console.log(welcomeMessage); // Prints: "Welcome to Mars!"

In the example above, we've combined two strings to form a new string: 'Welcome to Mars!'.

Slicing Strings with 'substring'

Slicing involves extracting a substring (a part or segment of the string). The substring(from, length) method in JavaScript facilitates this task - it returns the substring constructed from characters at positions from, from + 1, ..., from + length - 1, i.e., you start from the character at the position from, and take length characters.

A version of this method substring(from), at the same time, just takes the substring from the provided character till the end.

Let's see how it works:

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1let message = "Hello, World!"; 2let slice = message.substring(0, 5); // A substring starting at character 0, of length 5 3console.log(slice); // Prints: "Hello" 4 5// A substring starting at character 2, till the end of the string 6console.log(message.substring(2)); // Prints: "llo, World!" 7 8// A substring starting at character 7, of length 6 9console.log(message.substring(7, 6)); // Prints: "World!"
Accessing String Characters with 'charAt'

The charAt method retrieves a character from a specific position within a string. Similar to lists, the position (index) counts from 0. Here's how you use it:

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1let greeting = "Hello"; 2console.log(greeting.charAt(0)); // Prints: H 3console.log(greeting.charAt(1)); // Prints: e 4console.log(greeting.charAt(4)); // Prints: o

By using charAt(0), we've retrieved the first character of greeting — 'H'.

Exploring Strings with 'includes' and 'indexOf'

The includes and indexOf methods are commonly used tools for exploring strings. includes searches for a particular text within a string, while indexOf returns its position, or -1 if there is no occurrence of the provided text:

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1let phrase = "The quick brown fox"; 2console.log(phrase.includes("fox")); // Prints: true, because "fox" is in phrase 3console.log(phrase.indexOf("fox")); // Prints: 16, the starting position of 'fox' in phrase 4 5console.log(phrase.includes("red")); // false 6console.log(phrase.indexOf("red")); // -1, because there is no occurrence of "red"
Converting Case with 'toLowerCase' and 'toUpperCase'

For converting all string letters to lowercase or uppercase, JavaScript provides the toLowerCase and toUpperCase methods respectively:

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1let message = "Hello World!"; 2console.log(message.toLowerCase()); // Prints: "hello world!" 3console.log(message.toUpperCase()); // Prints: "HELLO WORLD!"

The toLowerCase and toUpperCase methods convert strings to all lowercase and all uppercase, respectively.

Lesson Summary and Practice

Congratulations! You've learned how to use various JavaScript string operations: concatenation, slicing, charAt, includes, indexOf, and case conversion. Now, it's time to master these skills through intriguing, hands-on practice exercises. Let's get started!

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