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jQuery Remove First Array Element

By Sam Deering

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Simple JavaScript code snippet to remove the first element of an array. You can also remove the last element of the array just as easy. Just use the JavaScript array.shift() and array.pop() methods. These methods changes the length of the array!

var myarray = ["item 1", "item 2", "item 3", "item 4"];

//removes the first element of the array, and returns that element.
alert(myarray.shift());
//alerts "item 1"

//removes the last element of the array, and returns that element.
alert(myarray.pop());
//alerts "item 4"

Don’t forget to put your jQuery code inside a document ready function. See 4 different jQuery document ready examples for more info.

Sam Deering has 15+ years of programming and website development experience. He was a website consultant at Console, ABC News, Flight Centre, Sapient Nitro, and the QLD Government and runs a tech blog with over 1 million views per month. Currently, Sam is the Founder of Crypto News, Australia.

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