arrow syntax unnecessary and the idea that "function" is too long

Brendan Eich brendan at
Sun May 15 13:37:11 PDT 2011

On May 15, 2011, at 11:55 AM, Dmitry A. Soshnikov wrote:

> Oh, my misunderstanding then. Then I just incorrectly treated yours
> assert(p === q);

This was from 

// Use # to freeze and join to nearest relevant closure
function return_pure() {
  return #(a) -> a * a;
let p = return_pure(),
    q = return_pure();
assert(p === q);

and the assertion means what it seems: p is identical to q.

> I though here you try to show that the engine will handle the case with optimization and reuse (i.e. to join) the function object.

I'm not talking about optimization -- this is a case where joining works, since the function is pure. It closes over no outer variables' locations.

> However, it still not possible because of different scope chain, that exactly why I was asking.

No, that's not what the strawman says, and not what I said last time. The issue is not different scope chains, it is whether there are captured closure variables whose abstract locations are not invariant with respect to the source function expression in question.

Each evaluation of a given function expression gives a fresh object in JS today. WIth joining as Mark proposed at

and with opt-in syntax (the # prefix) as I'm proposing, this "fresh function object for each evaluation of a function expression" rule would no lot apply.


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