Learn the modern way to write asynchronous JavaScript. Async/await is quickly becoming the industry standard and it's an important tool to learn.


We’ve covered callbacks and promises. Now we get to the latest async feature that will change how we write asynchronous functions in JS.

This is a feature that truly makes asynchronous code much easier to write. Let’s dive right in.


An asynchronous function is created using by writing the async keyword before a function. Here’s what it looks like for a standard function.

async function fn() {...}
const fn = async function() {...}

Here’s what it looks like for an arrow function.

const fn = async () => {...}

Inside an asynchronous function, we can use the await keyword to make the function pause and wait for some operation to complete.

Here, I’ve written a function wait that takes in a number and returns a string after that number of seconds. The function fn calls wait. When wait completes and resolves, fn continues executing.


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