Web Devolution

Two Major ES2019 Features

March 10, 2019


Two major new features of ES2019 are in the process of being implemented in the formal ECMAScript standard. Those two features are:


The Ecma TC39 committee is responsible for evolving the ECMAScript programming language and authoring the specification. The committee operates by consensus and has discretion to alter the specification as it sees fit. However, the general process for making changes to the specification is as follows.

Changes to the language are developed by way of a process which provides guidelines for evolving an addition from an idea to a fully specified feature, complete with acceptance tests and multiple implementations. There are five stages: a strawman stage, and 4 “maturity” stages. The TC39 committee must approve acceptance for each stage.


What really matters now is what stage a proposed feature is in: Once it has reached stage 4, it can be used safely. But even then, you still have to check if your engines of choice support it.

Dr. Axel Rauschmayer

The flat() method creates a new array with all sub-array elements concatenated into it recursively up to the specified depth.


The flatMap() method first maps each element using a mapping function, then flattens the result into a new array. It is identical to a map followed by a flat of depth 1, but flatMap is often quite useful, as merging both into one method is slightly more efficient.


The fromEntries() method transforms a list of key-value pairs into an object; in doing so, it does the opposite of the entries() method.


Matthew Conrad

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