Return the index of first character that appears twice in a string in JavaScript


We are required to write a JavaScript function that takes in a string and returns the index of first character that appears twice in the string.

If there is no such character then we should return -1.

Example

The code for this will be −

const str = 'Hello world, how are you';
const firstRepeating = str => {
   const map = new Map();
   for(let i = 0; i < str.length; i++){
      if(map.has(str[i])){
         return map.get(str[i]);
      };
      map.set(str[i], i);
   };
   return -1;
};
console.log(firstRepeating(str));

Output

Following is the output on console −

2

Updated on: 10-Oct-2020

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