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JavaScript has allowed trailing commas in array literals since the beginning, and later added them to object literals (ECMAScript 5) and most recently (ECMAScript 2017) to function parameters.

This is a relatively new change in syntax, but the basic idea is that by putting a comma on each line allows for:

  1. Easier to add an item or re-order items. Before you always had to check the trailing comma and make sure it was present or removed depending on location.
  2. Removes the need to have one line item be special because it lacks the ,.
  3. Allows for cleaner Git diffs.

You can read up on the full documentation if you like - it goes into further detail:

As far as the issue with your chart not displaying, unless you are using a very old browser, a trailing comma should not cause an error/information to not display.


You need to update the configuration of prettier extension.

There are two ways. Below one is mostly used.

  1. Create a .prettierrc file at the root of your project and specifying the below configuration.

    { "trailingComma": "es5" }

  2. In order to honor the configuration make sure to enable the below setting in vs code configuration.

    "prettier.requireConfig": true


Prettier adds those commas at the end just because if you wanna add another data after that you don't need to type a comma. it does the same for semicolons(;).

you got the error because you haven't provided datasets.

data takes an object which contains labels & datasets values.

{/* <canvas id="myChart" width="400" height="400"></canvas> */}

// var ctx = document.getElementById('myChart');
var myChart = new Chart(ctx, {
  type: 'bar',
  data: {
    labels: ['1','2'],
    datasets: [
        label: '1st',
        data: '120',
        backgroundColor: Utils.transparentize(, 0.5),
        label: '2',
        data: '240',
        backgroundColor: Utils.transparentize(, 0.5),
//   options: {
//     indexAxis: 'y',
//     elements: {
//       bar: {
//         borderWidth: 2,
//       }
//     },
//     responsive: true,
//     plugins: {
//       legend: {
//         position: 'right',
//       },
//       title: {
//         display: true,
//         text: 'Chart.js Horizontal Bar Chart'
//       }
//     }
//   },
// };

you can know more about it on official docs

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