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 What are Arrow Functions in Typescript ? 064

  What are Arrow Functions in Typescript ?

Arrow functions, also known as lambda functions, are a concise and readable way to define anonymous functions in TypeScript. They offer several advantages compared to traditional function expressions:

1. Syntax:

Arrow functions use the => operator instead of the function keyword, resulting in a more compact and elegant syntax.


// Traditional function expression
const sum = function(a: number, b: number): number {
  return a + b;

// Arrow function
const sum = (a: number, b: number): number => a + b;

2. Implicit return:

For single-line arrow functions, the explicit return statement is not necessary. The expression after the => is automatically returned.


const greet = (name: string) => `Hello, ${name}`;

3. Lexical this:

Arrow functions inherit the this binding from their surrounding context, unlike traditional functions which create their own this scope. This can be useful for preserving this in callback functions or event handlers.

4. Use in object properties:

Arrow functions can be directly used as object property values, simplifying object definition and avoiding the need for separate function names.


const person = {
  name: "Alice",
  greet: () => console.log(`Hello from ${}`)

5. Use in class methods:

Arrow functions can be used as concise class methods, especially when they don't require their own this context.


class MyComponent {
  onClick = () => {
    // Access component properties using `this`

When to use them:

  • Consider using arrow functions for short, anonymous functions, especially in callbacks, event handlers, and object properties.

  • Traditional function expressions might be preferred for complex functions requiring their own this binding or multi-line bodies.


  • Arrow functions cannot be used as constructors or with the new keyword.

  • Use this binding cautiously in arrow functions within nested scopes or event handlers.

By understanding the syntax, benefits, and considerations of arrow functions, you can write more concise and readable TypeScript code while maintaining clarity and type safety.

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