JavaScript isNaN function and usage

In JavaScript we have a function isNan (Not a number) to check whether the value is a number or not. It takes only one parameter, value and returns true or false, we will check here some values and conditions to understand it better.

It supports in all browsers.

isNaN(123);   // false -- 123 is a number

isNaN(1.23);   // false -- 1.23 is a number

isNaN(12 - 3);   // false -- 12-3 = 9 is a number    

isNaN(0);   // false -- 0 is a number

isNaN('3S');   // true -- 3S is not a number  but string so not a number

isNaN('abcd');   // true -- abcd is a string so not a number

isNaN('01/02/20013');   // true -- 01/02/20013 is a date so not a number

isNaN('01:02:03');   // true -- 01:02:03 is time so not a number

var a;  var b; // value not defined
isNaN(a/b);   // true 

a=10; 
isNaN(a/b);   // true -- because b is not defined

b=5;
isNaN(a/b);   // false -- a/b=10/5 = 2 is a number

var a= [1, 2, 3,4,5,];
var b; // not initialized
for(i=0; i<a.length; i++)
   b = b + a[i]
isNaN(b); // true -- because b is undefined.

b was not initialize before the loop start, so b is undefined so undefined + any value = undefined

Jason Olivera
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