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Remove and return the last element of a collection.


npm install @stdlib/utils-pop


var pop = require( '@stdlib/utils-pop' );

pop( collection )

Removes and returns the last element of a collection. A collection may be either an Array, Typed Array, or an array-like Object (i.e., an Object having a valid writable length property).

var arr = [ 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0 ];

var out = pop( arr );
// returns [ [ 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 ], 5.0 ]

var bool = ( out[ 0 ] === arr );
// returns true

var lastValue = out[ 1 ];
// returns 5.0

In contrast to Array.prototype.pop which returns only the removed element, the function also returns the shortened collection. For typed arrays having a length greater than 0, the returned collection is a new typed array view.

var Float64Array = require( '@stdlib/array-float64' );

var arr = new Float64Array( 2 );
arr[ 0 ] = 1.0;
arr[ 1 ] = 2.0;

var out = pop( arr );
// returns [ <Float64Array>[ 1.0 ], 2.0 ]

var bool = ( out[ 0 ] === arr );
// returns false

bool = ( out[ 0 ].buffer === arr.buffer );
// returns true

var lastValue = out[ 1 ];
// returns 2.0


  • When provided a typed array, the function does not change the underlying ArrayBuffer. The function returns a new typed array view whose length is one less than the input typed array length. Accordingly, the function does not reduce the memory footprint of an input typed array.


var Float64Array = require( '@stdlib/array-float64' );
var pop = require( '@stdlib/utils-pop' );

var arr;
var out;
var i;

arr = new Float64Array( 100 );
for ( i = 0; i < 100; i++ ) {
    out = pop( arr );
    arr = out[ 0 ];
    console.log( 'Length: %d', arr.length );
console.log( arr );

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This package is part of stdlib, a standard library for JavaScript and Node.js, with an emphasis on numerical and scientific computing. The library provides a collection of robust, high performance libraries for mathematics, statistics, streams, utilities, and more.

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