Type of property names, as seen by proxy traps

David Bruant david.bruant at labri.fr
Thu Jul 7 14:44:50 PDT 2011

Le 07/07/2011 20:52, Andreas Rossberg a écrit :
> On 7 July 2011 19:35, David Bruant <david.bruant at labri.fr> wrote:
>>> No, with the current keys default trap (calling
>>> this.getOwnPropertyNames()) there is no double conversion. Only one at
>>> the exit of the keys trap. There would be 2 conversions if the "keys"
>>> trap had the proxy argument (based on
>>> http://wiki.ecmascript.org/doku.php?id=strawman:handler_access_to_proxy)
>>> and if internally, the default keys trap was calling
>>> "Object.getOwnPropertyNames(proxy)" (which would call the trap and do
>>> type coercion).
>>> But the current implementation and a type coercion only when going out
>>> of traps would do double-conversion.
>> "not". "would not do double-conversion", sorry.
> I thought the fix we were discussing was changing the `keys' default trap from
> keys: function() {
>   return this.getOwnPropertyNames().filter(
>     function (name) { return
> this.getOwnPropertyDescriptor(name).enumerable }.bind(this));
> }
> to something along the lines of
> keys: function() {
>   return this.getOwnPropertyNames().filter(
>     function (name) { return this.getOwnPropertyDescriptor('' +
> name).enumerable }.bind(this));
> }
> That would fix passing non-strings to the getOwnPropertyDescriptor
> trap, but introduce double conversions when you invoke Object.keys.
> I'm not sure what alternative you are proposing now.
I was completely not thinking about this one. Sorry for the

I would be in favor to not do the conversion at all for
"this.getOwnPropertyDescriptor". I think that derived trap default
implementation should be lightweight (no conversion if a trap calls
another handler method). Type coercion can be implemented manually (like
anything else). I think it's good to give as default behavior
(implemented by engines, so hopefully more efficient) the one that is
the most consistent with internal methods expetations (for instance
[[GetOwnProperty]] expects a string as a name, for instance)

The way I view it, it's up to the handler author to write his/her traps
consistently. If he/she decides to return objects on a
this.getOwnPropertyNames call, then if the spec says that this function
will be called without type coercion, he/she has to implement
this.getOwnPropertyDescriptor accordingly.
But that's just my opinion.


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