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How can I ignore certain returned values from array destructuring?

Can I avoid declaring a useless variable when array destructuring when I am only interested in array values beyond index 0?

In the following, I want to avoid declaring a, I am only interested in index 1 and beyond.

// How can I avoid declaring "a"?
const [a, b, ...rest] = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5];

console.log(a, b, rest);

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Answer

Can I avoid declaring a useless variable when array destructuring when I am only interested in array values beyond index 0?

Yes, if you leave the first index of your assignment empty, nothing will be assigned. This behavior is explained here.

// The first value in array will not be assigned
const [, b, ...rest] = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5];

console.log(b, rest);

You can use as many commas as you like wherever you like, except after a rest element:

const [, , three] = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5];
console.log(three);

const [, two, , four] = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5];
console.log(two, four);

The following produces an error:

const [, ...rest,] = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5];
console.log(rest);
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