Minor type confusion in proxies proposal?

Andreas Gal gal at mozilla.com
Fri Jul 1 11:37:09 PDT 2011

In our implementation we are using a generic object. It has some overhead, and a specific internal "descriptor object" representation might be a bit faster, but such magic objects that don't allow expando properties are usually pretty surprising to programers. Most of the HTML5 DOM allows arbitrary expando properties. I think we should stick to that theme.


On Jul 1, 2011, at 5:54 AM, Andreas Rossberg wrote:

> On 1 July 2011 12:12, Andreas Rossberg <rossberg at google.com> wrote:
>> I believe there is some "type" confusion in the proxy proposal spec
>> wrt property descriptors and their reification into attributes
>> objects.
>> 1. In a note on the def of [[DefineOwnProperty]] for proxies, the proposal says:
>> "The Desc argument to this trap is a property descriptor object
>> validated by ToPropertyDescriptor, except that it also retains any
>> non-standard attributes present in the original property descriptor
>> passed to Object.defineProperty. See the semantics of the modified
>> Object.defineProperty built-in, below."
>> That seems fishy, since according to ES5 8.10:
>> "Values of the Property Descriptor type are records composed of named
>> fields where each field‘s name is an attribute name and its value is a
>> corresponding attribute value as specified in 8.6.1."
>> In particular, I take this to mean that property descriptors are not
>> objects (but abstract records), and that there cannot be any fields
>> whose name is not an attribute name. (In fact, in V8 we currently
>> encode property descriptors using objects, but the encoding is
>> different from the reified attributes object representation, and not
>> quite compatible with the idea of adding arbitrary other fields.)
> I forgot to say: step 5 of the definition invokes the defineProperty
> trap of the handler passing Desc as the second argument. But the
> handler expects a reified attributes object.
>> 2. In the modified definition of Object.defineProperty, the proposal
>> says in step 4.c:
>> "Call the [[DefineOwnProperty]] internal method of O with arguments
>> name, descObj, and true."
>> This is passing descObj, which in fact is _not_ a descriptor, but its
>> reification as an attributes object.
>> /Andreas
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