Favorite String Literals

July 10, 2022

I was recently listening to a JavaScript tutorial on 2x speed when I caught something that caused me to slow down and rewind. The presenter was talking about strings, concatenation, and ES6 string literals. The statement that caught my attention I summarized as “Go ahead and start with template literals first so you don’t need to change to backticks later when you need to use a variable”.


// instead of concatenation
// start with a template literal
let numberOfCats = 5;
console.log(`I have ${numberOfCats} cats.`);
console.log(`Now I have ${numberOfCats+1} cats.`);

This struck me as very sensible! There are many advantages to using a string literal instead of a basic statement or simple concatenation and you would save yourself time in refactoring code if you were already using them. They are more readable than other ways of formatting strings; they look like normal sentences and allow you to more easily identify portions to change or update.

I realized I could apply this kind of strategy to some of the other languages I know as well:


# instead of concatenation
# use an 'f' string in Python 3 right away
number_of_cats = 5
f"I have {number_of_cats} cats"


// instead of String.Format() (ex. Console.WriteLine("Hello {0}", "world"))
// use string interpolation
string numberOfCats = 5;
Console.WriteLine($"I have {numberOfCats} cats.");

By using these techniques right away in your code, you save time and effort and increase the accuracy of your code when changes occur.

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