Promise vs Callback in javascript

Riddhesh Ganatra
2 min readJun 5, 2021

Promises and callbacks are very basic concepts and every javascript developer should know the difference.

Let's try to understand with a small example:

someWork() is a function that is going to take roughly around 2 seconds and we want to execute otherWork() function once someWork() is done. This can be achieved using a Callback or Promise.

Callback

Here we pass otherWork() function as an argument to someWork() function.

someWork() function will call otherWork() function after its work is done.

Promise

Here someWork() function return promise object which can be resolved(success) or rejected(error). We can call otherWork function in .then.

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