Type of property names, as seen by proxy traps

Brendan Eich brendan at mozilla.com
Fri Jul 8 08:20:41 PDT 2011

On Jul 8, 2011, at 7:17 AM, David Herman wrote:

>> The proposal does mention: "All reflective operations that produce a property name, when reflecting on a private name, produce the name’s .public property instead of the name itself."
>> Would the same hold for reflective operations that consume property names, such as handler traps?
> No, they would require the private name object.

I don't think that's what Tom was asking about, though. The proposal may simply be unclear in using "produce" instead of "consume" since the proxy mechanism does not produce private names in any generative sense when one writes p[q] for proxy p and private name q.

Rather, the VM substitutes q.public for q when calling p's handler's relevant trap (getOwnPropertyDescriptor, get, ...). So there's no leak, as you note, and the owner of q is free to share it with trap implementations that should have access to it, so they can compare name == q.public, memoize in q.public in a weak map, etc.


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