Javascript – better way to do optional function parameters in JavaScript?

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I've always handled optional parameters in JavaScript like this:

function myFunc(requiredArg, optionalArg){
  optionalArg = optionalArg || 'defaultValue';

  // Do stuff
}

Is there a better way to do it?

Are there any cases where using || like that is going to fail?

Best Answer

Your logic fails if optionalArg is passed, but evaluates as false - try this as an alternative

if (typeof optionalArg === 'undefined') { optionalArg = 'default'; }

Or an alternative idiom:

optionalArg = (typeof optionalArg === 'undefined') ? 'default' : optionalArg;

Use whichever idiom communicates the intent best to you!