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eval Function (JavaScript)

Evaluates JavaScript code and executes it.

eval(codeString) 

codeString

Required. A String value that contains valid JavaScript code.

The eval function enables dynamic execution of JavaScript source code.

The codeString string is parsed by the JavaScript parser and executed.

The code passed to the eval function is executed in the same context as the call to the eval function.

Whenever possible, use the JSON.parse function to de-serialize JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) text. The JSON.parse function is more secure and executes faster than the eval function.

The following code initializes the variable myDate to a test date.

var dateFn = "Date(1971,3,8)";
var myDate;
eval("myDate = new " + dateFn + ";");

document.write(myDate);

Supported in the following document modes: Quirks, Internet Explorer 6 standards, Internet Explorer 7 standards, Internet Explorer 8 standards, Internet Explorer 9 standards. See Version Information.

Applies To: Global Object (JavaScript)

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