**JavaScript's Leading Zero Quirks: A Cautionary Tale**

Ever wondered why adding a leading zero to a number in JavaScript can lead to unexpected results?

**The Octal Trap**

In JavaScript, numbers prefixed with a `0`

are parsed as octal numbers. This means they are interpreted in base-8, where digits range from 0 to 7.

**Example:**

```
let num1 = 010; // This is not decimal 10
console.log(num1); // Output: 8
```

**Why the Confusion?**

We're so accustomed to the decimal system (base-10) that it's easy to overlook this nuance. When you write `010`

, you might intuitively think it's ten, but JavaScript sees it as `1 * 8^1 + 0 * 8^0 = 8`

.

**Avoiding the Pitfall**

To ensure correct number interpretation, avoid using leading zeros:

```
let num2 = 10; // This is decimal 10
console.log(num2); // Output: 10
```

**Remember:**

**Leading zeros:**Octal interpretation.**No leading zeros:**Decimal interpretation.

By understanding this behavior, you can write more accurate and reliable JavaScript code.

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