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Don’t string me along…

The next thing we should know about is strings. A piece of text in JavaScript is called a string. It’s a string of letters all attached together. We can tell it’s a string because it sits between quotation marks like this:

"I am a String";

Everything between the quotes is part of the string and will be treated by JavaScript as a piece of text, and not part of your program.

We can also use single quotes too, like so:

'I am a String';

We can add strings together to make longer strings using the plus character:

"Hi there " + "hello";


If we need to know what’s inside a string we can find out using an alert box like so:

alert("Hi there " + "hello");

Add this to your script and press refresh. Nice!

One of the ways we can use strings is to help our program talk to our user. We saw this in the first example in the last section. We used an alert box to display the string “Hello JavaScript, your new best friend!“. Strings have a whole host of uses that we’ll come too soon.


We can also get data out using the console object. We write:

console.log('Hi from the console');

The console is a developer tool. On Windows you can open it by pressing F12. If you’re on Chrome you can right click, select inspect, then choose the console tab. You’ll be able to see all kinds of information about your program here and you’ll be using this a lot going forward.

Exercise - Let’s alert some strings

Nice and simple this one. We’re just going to create some strings and pop them up in little boxes.

  1. Put the phrase “Hello there JavaScript” in an alert box.
  2. Put the phrase “Hello there Java” + “Script” in an alert box.

Strings are objects

Objects are little balls of related data and functionality. We can access information stored in an object using a dot (.).

Let’s get the length of the string. We can do it like this:

"Allo allo allo".length;

We might even alert this:

alert("Allo allo allo".length);

Exercise - Monkey with Strings

  • Write a program that tells me the the number of characters in your name.
  • Tell me what 123+456 is. Now tell me what “123” + “456” is. Weird?

Numbers and strings are different from each other. 123 + 456 adds the numbers together/ ‘123’ + ‘456’ glues the strings one after the other. Strings are sequences of letters.