Merge into preceding destructuring assignment

Combine an object destructuring assignment with its preceding sibling.

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Merge into preceding destructuring assignment

What do I need to consider?

Merging can change the variable declaration type to let or var

The declaration kind (var, let, or const) might need to be widened to merge two variable declarations.

For example, when one variable is declared with var, the merged declaration is a var declaration to prevent scope reductions. Since var declarations are hoisted, this change can lead to variable name conflicts when a variable name is already in use in the function scope:

function f(obj) {
    const a = "123"; // 'a' is already declared in the outer scope
        var { b } = obj;
        const { a } = obj; // merging changes the declaration of the inner 'a' to var

Similarly, the merged variable declaration is a let declaration when one variable is declared with let. This change makes the variable that was previously a const modifiable.

Merging reduces the source expression evaluations

Before merging, the source expression that is being deconstructed is evaluated for each variable declaration. E.g., in the following example source.aMethod() is called twice and could have side effects:

const { a } = source.aMethod();
const { b } = source.aMethod();

After merging the source expression (on the right hand side of =) is only evaluated once:

const { a, b } = source.aMethod();

Merging can require adding missing type information

When only one of the deconstruction statements has a type definition, that type definition will become the definition of the result. The missing elements that were previously inferred by TypeScript need to be added manually:

const { a }: { a: string } = obj;
const { b } = obj; // inferred type information


const { a, b }: { a: string } = obj; // misses type information for 'b'

Rest expression

Merging two object deconstruction expressions with rest parameters changes the content of the rest parameter:

const { a, ...rest1 } = obj;
const { b, ...rest2 } = obj;

P42 does currently not support the merging of object deconstruction with rest expressions.

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