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Create a polyfill

Written byPhuoc Nguyen
10 Mar, 2021
Due to the fact that JavaScript APIs have their own specifications, not all the browsers support a particular specification at the same time. A JavaScript API can be implemented in a browser sooner or later than the other browsers.
Because of that, we have to provide a patch version of API to make sure that it still works on browsers that don't support it natively. That kind of patch is called polyfill.
The following sample code provides a patch for the `startsWith` method which doesn't override the API if it exists:
if (!String.prototype.startsWith) {
String.prototype.startsWith = function (searchString) {
// The implementation
// return `true` or `false`
If we provide a polyfill as a library, then we can use the following approach:
// The polyfill implementation
const startsWithPolyfill = function (searchString) {
// ...
// return `true` or `false`

const startsWith = String.prototype.startsWith || startsWithPolyfill;

// Export the function
export default startsWith;

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