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Object destructuring in JavaScript: Unpacking fields from objects passed as function parameter

in JavaScript on June 21, 2020

We saw how Destructuring works in arrays and objects in this post: Array Destructuring And Object Destructuring In JavaScript

Let’s unpack a full JSON object and use as a parameter of a function in this post.

Let’s create an object first

const user = {
  userid: 1,
  username: 'YC',
  blog: 'yogeshchauhan.com',
  fullName: {
    firstName: 'Yogesh',
    lastName: 'Chauhan'

Let’s create a simple function that returns userid from the object above.

function userId({userid}) {
  return userid;

console.log(userId(user)); // 1

Destructuring makes it really easier to pass the object and get only the required values in return.

Function to get the username and first name

function getUsername({username, fullName: {firstName: name}}) {
  return `${name}'s username is ${username}`;

console.log(getUsername(user));  // Yogesh's username is YC

So, in this example, we created a function named as getUsername that takes object as a parameter. Now, in the parameter section, we are using destructuring statement to get the required data like username and fullName from the object. AT the same time we are assigning the value of firstName to a variable name. 

Function to get the last name

function getLastname({fullName: {firstName: fname, lastName: lname}}) {
  return `${fname}'s last name is ${lname}`;

console.log(getLastname(user));  // Yogesh's last name is Chauhan

That’s it. 

Destructuring makes it a lot easier to unpack the object while we are in the parameter section. One more wonder from JS!

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