Programming Puzzles & Code Golf Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for programming puzzle enthusiasts and code golfers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

What is the shortest way to check if two or more variables are equal to 0 in JavaScript?

I'm curious to know if there's something shorter than if(!x&&!y&&!z){...}.

share|improve this question
This might be better suited for StackOverflow or CodeReview. – Kyle Kanos Jun 6 '14 at 13:04
If you want the shortest solution in bytes in order to improve golfing down this particular snippet, I think this is well on-topic here (not as a challenge, but as a question asking for golfing advice). If you want the fastest solution, this should rather go in Code Review (and no one prevents you from posting both separately). But the shortest solution will not necessarily be the fastest solution. So what is it you want? – Martin Ender Jun 6 '14 at 13:10
wouldn't !(x|y|z) work? – Danny Jun 6 '14 at 13:12
Questions on this site should either the contests or asking for tips participating in those contests. Do yourself a favor and don't use any code you find on this site in "the real world", unless you understand exactly what it does. Also, in general, you have to decide between the shortest and the fastest solution. – Dennis Jun 6 '14 at 13:26
Seeing my answer was apparently what you were looking for, I took the liberty to edit your question to make it more on-topic (and justify my subsequent reopen vote). Feel free to edit the question again if you don't agree with my changes. As stated before, for help with efficiency, try StackOverflow or Code Review. – Martin Ender Jun 6 '14 at 13:39
up vote 21 down vote accepted

(EDIT: This first part refers to the original phrasing of the question.)

First, (!x&&!y&&!z) returns a boolean, which makes ?true:false entirely redundant. It's basically like using

if (x == true)
  return true;
else if (x == false)
  return false;

instead of return x;.

That gives you


(EDIT: The remainder still applies to the new version of the question.)

Now you could apply De Morgan's law. The above is equivalent to


Which is the same length for 3 variables and longer for 2 variables. But for each variable beyond the third, you save one more character!

Lastly, if you know that your variables are numbers, you can also use the bitwise operator, i.e.


If you actually need booleans (which I assume from your snippet), this doesn't work for the & case, because !x&!y&!z will give you an integer. Then again, in JavaScript it's often enough to have truthy or falsy values, in which case, that's a perfectly valid option.

Bonus tip: if you ever want to turn a truthy/falsy value (like a non-zero/zero number) into a boolean, don't use x?true:false either, but use !!x instead. !x is a boolean with the opposite truthiness/falsiness than x, so !!x is true for x truthy and false for x falsy.

share|improve this answer
Very insightful! I appreciate you exploring several possibilities, despite the nature of the question being somewhat vague and potentially misinterpretable. – purefusion Jun 6 '14 at 13:40

Just an addendum.

In the special case where the block contains just a procedure call, you can replace



share|improve this answer
This idiom is important in other contexts. – Joshua Dec 26 '14 at 1:12

This function is obviously not the shortest until you have a lot of numbers to check (the poster did say "or more"). It verifies that all arguments are equal to zero.

function AllZero() {
    var args =;
    return Math.min.apply(Math,args) === Math.max.apply(Math,args);

If you push a different number in the args.push(x) line, it will check that all of the arguments are equal to that number.

share|improve this answer
Why would you recommend this instead of a simple loop? Also AllZero('', '', '') – nderscore Jun 7 '14 at 0:15

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.