# Parenthesis in JavaScript

A dialog

For JavaScript beginners (I envy all of you because your brains are not damaged by this yet), () can be a huge confusion.

# Example 1

const createPerson = name => {firstname: name};
console.log(createPerson("Guowei"));


Of course it logs undefined. Let’s ask JavaScript what was it thinking when it executed the code.

Me: Hi, JavaScript.

JavaScript: Hi!

Me: What the heck has happened? Where is my returned object?

JavaScript: Wait. What return? What object? I do not see any return!

Me: … Alright, I did not write return explicitly, but isn’t {firstname: name} an object? You should just return that I think.

JavaScript: There is no object that I see. I thought the {} means the mark of the function body!

Me: OK, there seems to be some misunderstanding. But if you think again, it makes more sense to treat it as an object, it has firstname: name, what do you think of that?

JavaScript: Oh, isn’t it just a label? Like what people normally do with looping. They have loop1: and loop2: to mark where to break.

Me: ………………

(after 5 minutes)

Me: I do not want to continue this conversation, you make no sense.

JavaScript: Well, fine. See you then.

P.S. The fix would be to wrap () around the returning object like ({firstname: name}).

# Example 2

If you have done any ReactJs work, you see the following pattern a lot:

return (
<NameCard>
<FirstName />
<LastName />
</NameCard>
);


People will normally tell you that when returning multiple lines, just wrap them in (). But why? Let’s ask JavaScript again.

Me: Hi JavaScript, sorry I was rude last time, but I have a new question.

JavaScript: Shoot.

Me: Why you cannot return multiple lines of code?

JavaScript: Ah! You programmers tend to forget things a lot. E.g. you forget to put ; after return, so I just put it there for you, you are welcome.

Me: …..O……K…., where did you put it by the way?

JavaScript: Here <NameCard>;.

Me: Oh yeah, cool. SAYONARA.(I hope I will never talk to you again)

JavaScript: Farewell.