Getting Started with Modern JavaScript — Template Literals

Michael Karén
3 min readSep 14, 2020

Introduced in 2015 with ECMAScript6, template literals let us dynamically construct strings of text and embedded expressions, even multi-line strings of text, in a more elegant way than concatenation.

The syntax is not much different from the old one at first glance:

const newWay = `is cool`;

Can you spot the difference? Instead of single '’ or double "” quotes we use backticks ``.

String Interpolation

In ES5 you had string concatenation:

const name = 'Jack';
const old = 'My name is '+ name + '.';

Using + for both addition and concatenation can be confusing and even lead to unexpected bugs:

Template literals provide an easy way to interpolate variables and expressions into strings. The curly braces accept any valid JavaScript expression inside the ${}:



Michael Karén

Frontend Architect • JavaScript Enthusiast • Author • ngVikings organizer.