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JavaScript: Get Children

When working with DOM elements in JavaScript, it is often necessary to access the child elements of a parent element. This can be done using the children property in JavaScript.



The children property returns a collection of child elements for the specified parent element. The collection is returned as an array-like object, which means that it has a length property and can be accessed using bracket notation.


Let's say we have the following HTML code:

<div id="parent">
  <p>Child element 1</p>
  <p>Child element 2</p>
  <p>Child element 3</p>

We can access the child elements of the <div> element using JavaScript:

var parentElement = document.getElementById("parent");
var children = parentElement.children;

console.log(children[0].textContent); // Output: Child element 1
console.log(children[1].textContent); // Output: Child element 2
console.log(children[2].textContent); // Output: Child element 3

This code gets the <div> element with the id="parent" and stores it in the parentElement variable. It then gets the child elements of the <div> element using the children property and stores them in the children variable. Finally, it logs the text content of each child element to the console.

Alternative Method

An alternative method for getting child elements of a parent element is to use the querySelectorAll() method. This method allows you to select elements using CSS selectors, and returns a NodeList object containing all matching elements.

var children = parentElement.querySelectorAll("*");


This code gets all child elements of the <div> element using the querySelectorAll() method and the universal selector (*). It then logs the NodeList object to the console.

Both methods are useful for accessing child elements of a parent element in JavaScript, and which one you choose to use will depend on your specific needs and preferences.

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