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ECMAScript 2021: the final feature set

[2020-09-24] dev, javascript, esnext, es2021
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Update 2021-03-09: Today, the ES2021 candidate was released, with the final feature set of that version. If approved by the Ecma General Assembly in June 2021, it officially becomes a standard. This blog post describes what’s new.

The editors of ECMAScript 2021  

The editors of this release were:

A word on ECMAScript versions  

Note that since the TC39 process was instituted, the importance of ECMAScript versions has much decreased. What really matters now is what stage a proposed feature is in: Once it has reached stage 4, it can be used safely. But even then, you still have to check if your engines of choice support it.

The features of ES2021 (stage 4 proposals)  

FAQ  

What do the stages mean?  

They refer to maturity stages of the so-called “TC39 process”. Check section “The TC39 process” in “JavaScript for impatient programmers” for more information.

How is [my favorite proposed feature] doing?  

If you are wondering what stages various proposed features are in, consult the readme of the ECMA-262 GitHub repository.

Is there an official list of ECMAScript features?  

Yes, the TC39 repo lists finished proposals and mentions in which ECMAScript versions they are introduced.

Free books on ES2021  

The following books cover JavaScript up to and including ECMAScript 2021 and are free to read online: