emisqwe - 5 months ago 55

Node.js Question

When I have one plus, I get the wrong answer e.g.

`var b = [069];`

var total = 0;

total = total + b

console.log(total) // total = 069

However, when I add a second plus so the equation looks like this

`total = total + + b // total = 69`

I get the correct answer of 69. The above is just a simplified example of my issue.

This works fine, however whilst using JSHint I get a warning saying

`confusing pluses`

How can I get the correct answer without using the + + ? Also, what is this operator called?

Answer

Posting my comment as an answer

`+`

in front of a variable would cast it to a number if I'm correct.

Try this in your console:

`"5"`

would return `"5"`

(string), where

`+"5"`

would return `5`

(number).

You could use `total = parseInt(total) + parseInt(b);`

to get a correct result, as `parseInt()`

would try to make a number out of any input parameter it gets.

Theoritecally, you could just parse the `total`

as a number, but it would be prone to an error like `"1" + "0" = "10"`

resulting in `10`

, which should mathematically be `1`

.