jairajs89 jairajs89 - 4 months ago 18
Javascript Question

Fastest way to convert JavaScript NodeList to Array?

Previously answered questions here said that this was the fastest way:

//nl is a NodeList
var arr = Array.prototype.slice.call(nl);


In benchmarking on my browser I have found that it is more than 3 times slower than this:

var arr = [];
for(var i = 0, n; n = nl[i]; ++i) arr.push(n);


They both produce the same output, but I find it hard to believe that my second version is the fastest possible way, especially since people have said otherwise here.

Is this a quirk in my browser (Chromium 6)? Or is there a faster way?

EDIT: For anyone who cares, I settled on the following (which seems to be the fastest in every browser that I tested):

//nl is a NodeList
var l = []; // Will hold the array of Node's
for(var i = 0, ll = nl.length; i != ll; l.push(nl[i++]));


EDIT2: I found an even faster way

// nl is the nodelist
var arr = [];
for(var i = nl.length; i--; arr.unshift(nl[i]));

Answer

The second one tends to be faster in some browsers, but the main point is that you have to use it because the first one is just not cross-browser. Even though The Times They Are a-Changin'

@kangax (IE 9 preview)

Array.prototype.slice can now convert certain host objects (e.g. NodeList’s) to arrays — something that majority of modern browsers have been able to do for quite a while.

Example:

Array.prototype.slice.call(document.childNodes);