# Disallow empty destructuring patterns (no-empty-pattern)

When using destructuring, it’s possible to create a pattern that has no effect. This happens when empty curly braces are used to the right of an embedded object destructuring pattern, such as:

// doesn't create any variables
var {a: {}} = foo;

In this code, no new variables are created because a is just a location helper while the {} is expected to contain the variables to create, such as:

// creates variable b
var {a: { b }} = foo;

In many cases, the empty object pattern is a mistake where the author intended to use a default value instead, such as:

// creates variable a
var {a = {}} = foo;

The difference between these two patterns is subtle, especially because the problematic empty pattern looks just like an object literal.

Rule Details

This rule aims to flag any empty patterns in destructured objects and arrays, and as such, will report a problem whenever one is encountered.

The following patterns are considered problems:

/*eslint no-empty-pattern: 2*/

var {} = foo;
var [] = foo;
var {a: {}} = foo;
var {a: []} = foo;
function foo({}) {}
function foo([]) {}
function foo({a: {}}) {}
function foo({a: []}) {}

The following patterns are not considered problems:

/*eslint no-empty-pattern: 2*/

var {a = {}} = foo;
var {a = []} = foo;
function foo({a = {}}) {}
function foo({a = []}) {}

Version

This rule was introduced in ESLint 1.7.0.

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