John Hughes — Web development and other interesting things

JavaScript NaN is a number

This just caught me out so I thought I would share it here as a warning to others. In JavaScript, NaN is a number. Seriously. The property that specifically means “not a number” is a number:

console.log(typeof NaN); // number

So if you want to check whether a variable is not a number, you should use the isNaN() function instead. I honestly have no idea why the NaN property exists at all, except as a really bad joke.

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