Determines if a thing is equal to another thing.

Comparing things is usually done with a strict compare, for example:

{} == {};  // This is *false* because left and right are not the same object

Function equals can be used to perform a weak compare, for example:

{}.equals({});  // This is *true*, both objects have the same content.

By default the equals function ignores the current deep value and will only compare values one level deep. An optional second argument can be used to change this behavior. Any integer value between 0 and 127 is allowed.

This function does not generate a change.


thing.equals(other, [deep])


Argument Type Description
other any (required) Value to compare.
deep int (optional) How deep to compare the values. Default is 1.

Return value

Returns true when the other thing has the same properties and values as the original thing, otherwise false.


This code shows an example use case of equals():

a = {
    name: 'Iris',
    sport: {
        name: 'Cycling'

b = {
    name: 'Iris',
    sport: {
        name: 'Swimming'

assert (a != b );           // a and b are not equal
assert (a.equals(b) );      // a and b are equal on the first "level"

a.equals(b, 2);             // return `false`, as sport is different

Return value in JSON format