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Disallow using the delete operator on array values.


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When using the delete operator with an array value, the array's length property is not affected, but the element at the specified index is removed and leaves an empty slot in the array. This is likely to lead to unexpected behavior. As mentioned in the MDN documentation, the recommended way to remove an element from an array is by using the Array#splice method.

module.exports = {
"rules": {
"@typescript-eslint/no-array-delete": "error"

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declare const arr: number[];

delete arr[0];
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When Not To Use It

When you want to allow the delete operator with array expressions.

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