Navigating with History API in JavaScript

history api
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The History API in JavaScript allows us to manipulate the browser history programmatically, providing a better user experience. Particularly useful in single-page applications (SPAs).

Here's a quick rundown:

// Push a new entry to the history stack history.pushState(stateObject, title, url); // Replace the current entry on the history stack history.replaceState(stateObject, title, url); // Moving backwards and forwards through the history stack history.back(); // equivalent to 'Back' button history.forward(); // equivalent to 'Forward' button history.go(-1); // equivalent to history.back()

The stateObject is a JavaScript object associated with the new history entry created by pushState() or replaceState(). The title parameter is ignored in most browsers due to security issues. The url parameter is optional and represents the new URL of the current entry.

Remember, manipulating the history can lead to unexpected navigation behavior, so use it wisely.

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