Vitaly Zdanevich Vitaly Zdanevich - 5 months ago 8
Javascript Question

js: why let have this name?

I understand why

var
takes that name - it is variable,
const
- it is a constant, but what is the meaning behind the name for
let
, which scopes to the current block? Let it be?

Answer

Let is a mathematical statement that was adopted by early programming languages like Scheme and Basic. Variables are considered low level entities not suitable for higher levels of abstraction, thus the desire of many language designers to introduce similar but more powerful concepts like in Clojure, F#, Scala, where let might mean a value, or a variable that can be assigned, but not changed, which in turn let's compiler to catch more programming errors and optimize code better. JavaScript has had var from the beginning, so they just needed another keyword, and just borrowed from dozens of other languages that use let already as a traditional keyword as close to var as possible.

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