Johan Johan - 6 months ago 11
jQuery Question

Why does typeof array with objects return "Object" and not "Array"?


Possible Duplicate:

JavaScript: Check if object is array?




Why is an array of objects considered an object, and not an array? For example:

$.ajax({
url: 'http://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.json',
data: { screen_name: 'mick__romney'},
dataType: 'jsonp',
success: function(data) {
console.dir(data); //Array[20]
alert(typeof data); //Object
}
});‚Äč


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Answer

One of the weird behaviour and spec in Javascript is the typeof Array is Object.

You can check if the variable is an array in couple of ways:

var isArr = data instanceof Array;
var isArr = Array.isArray(data);

But the most reliable way is:

isArr = Object.prototype.toString.call(data) == '[object Array]';

Since you tagged your question with jQuery, you can use jQuery isArray function:

var isArr = $.isArray(data);
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