arrow function syntax simplified

Herby Vojčík herby at
Thu Mar 29 12:33:49 PDT 2012

Brendan Eich wrote:
> Brendan Eich wrote:
>> Irakli Gozalishvili wrote:
>>> Few questions on this new arrow functions:
>>> let foo = x => x * x
>>> 1. What is foo.prototype ?
>>> 2. What does new foo(y) does ?
>> The idea with arrow function syntax (as opposed to block-lambda
>> revival) was to be as close to "just syntax" for functions. Obviously
>> we've made early-error restrictions but this design goal still stands.
>> So the answers are:
>> 1. Same as for any user-defined function (a fresh Object instance).
>> 2. Same as for any user-defined function.
> Oops, I left off something important. Since we agreed on lexical |this|
> binding, there's no way for the new object to flow into the arrow
> function. So I'm wrong, the answers are:
> 1. Same as for any built-in function: no .prototype property at all.
> 2. Arrow-functions lack [[Construct]] so you cannot 'new' them.

Isn't also answer to "5.":

   Q: Will, foo.apply pass in the `this` ?
   A: Yes, see above.

changed? Or is lexical bound this working only for default this, but not 
for call and apply?

> This makes arrows like built-ins. They're still functions, per my other
> answers.
> I'll update the strawman (which should be promoted shortly).
> Thanks for the good questions!
> /be


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