Refreshing JavaScript – Reduce Method – Detailed Explanation

Sathish Nadarajan
Solution Architect
May 2, 2019
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.reduce() – A method which iterates through an array or collection and returns a reduced object.  The speciality is, the object which returns will be given as input for the next iteration.  To be more detailed, the reduce method can have a callback function, for which, the previous object in the array will become the input.  If it is not clear, let us have a look on the Example, so that we can understand much.


I have an Array of Employees.

 employees = [

In this array, I want to identify, which employee is the aged one.  For that, the output, I am expecting is a single object from the array.  I don’t want to do a for loop to identify this.  Instead, we can use the Reduce method.

 var agedEmployee = employees.reduce(function(oldest,employee){
             return (oldest.Age || 0) > employee.Age ? oldest : employee

The same with the arrow operator is as below.

 var agedEmployee = employees.reduce((oldest,employee) => {return (oldest.Age || 0) > employee.Age ? oldest : employee  ;});

Here, the reduce method gets two parameters.

  • Oldest – A null value argument which is passed by me.
  • Employee – The object in the array.


  • During the first iteration, Oldest will be null, hence we are returning employee. This object, will become the first parameter (oldest) for the second iteration.
  • By that way, during the second iteration, the parameter ‘oldest’ will have {id:10, Age:30} and the parameter ‘employee’ will have {id:11, Age:27}


In case, If I want to add all the employees age, then the below will do that.

 var totalAge = employees.reduce((age,employee) => {
             return age + employee.Age; 

Here, the iteration will looks like,



And the total would be 97.

Hope that helps and in the upcoming articles, we will see some other method.

Happy Coding,

Sathish Nadarajan.

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Sathish Nadarajan
Solution Architect
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Sathish is a Microsoft MVP for SharePoint (Office Servers and Services) having 13+ years of experience in Microsoft Technologies. He holds a Masters Degree in Computer Aided Design and Business more

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