[Harmony Proxies] Proposal: Property fixing

Sean Eagan seaneagan1 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 16 06:12:49 PDT 2011

How about *optional* property fixing as a compromise?  We could
replace the configurability check of the "defineProperty" trap return
value with a check of whether the return value is an object, in which
case it would be treated as a property descriptor to fix the property
to, otherwise the return value would just be ignored.

On Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 4:18 AM, David Bruant <david.bruant at labri.fr> wrote:
> Le 16/06/2011 00:53, Mark S. Miller a écrit :
> On Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 2:10 PM, David Bruant <david.bruant at labri.fr> wrote:
>> In a way, the fixed properties proposal make proxies bicephal. For some
>> inputs (property names), they plug their handler-provided MOP-brain and
>> for some others, they plug a native object MOP-brain (ES5 - 8.12). These
>> brains cannot communicate. This is why changing .length in the "native
>> object brain" has no effect in the other brain (which handles numeric
>> properties(...unless some of these are non-configurable)). And I think
>> it has been said before, but there would be no logging possible for
>> non-configurable properties in the context of the fixed properties
>> strawman since native MOP-brain doesn't allow that.
> Cute metaphor. But as Tom's code showed, the proxy can create fixed
> (non-configurable) accessor properties whose getters and setters form a
> corpus callosum ;).
> Interactions with getter/setter is already a good thing, but I think it's
> not enough. ES5 offers a very fine-grained API to study objects. If we
> pretend to be able to emulate arrays based on proxies, we should be able to
> emulate everything including answering correctly when it comes to "is it a
> data or an accessor property descriptor?".
> For instance, for a data property descriptor, even if non-configurable,
> "writable" can be changed from true to false (then it cannot be changed
> afterward). This behavior is not possible when dealing with getter/setters.
> With fixed properties Tom's code, it is not possible to change an array's
> length from writable to not writable. Trying to do so would throw an error
> (because the property is non-configurable and any attempt to switch from
> accessor to data property descriptor throw an error (or just reject?)).
> I'd like to insist on the ability for proxies to be able to emulate native
> arrays (and new ES5 Object.* API interaction in particular) especially
> because currently, SpiderMonkey has a problem with redefining ".length" on
> arrays. See https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=598996
> I wish proxies to be able to compensate if there is such a bug (in any ES
> implementation) and I need this level of spec conformance.
> This discredits the current fixed properties proposal (especially the
> getter/setter compensation code), I think.
> David
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Sean Eagan

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