The difference between var, let, and const, and when to choose one over the others.
Different ways to conditionally set variables.
The difference between function expressions and function declarations, and which one to use.
What function hoisting is, and whether or not it’s a good thing.
How to scope your code, and why you want to.
How to pass data into functions with parameters and arguments.
How to define default function parameters.
How to use ES6 arrow functions, and some “gotchas” to look out for.
How to document your functions with JSDoc.
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