Some questions about Private Name Objects

Erik Arvidsson erik.arvidsson at
Thu Sep 13 09:09:56 PDT 2012

On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 8:37 AM, Kevin Smith <khs4473 at> wrote:
> 1) Is method name-collision a practical problem, or just a theoretical
> problem?  If it's just a theoretical problem, then we don't need unique
> names, and in teaching the language we can simply guide users away from
> trying to create "private methods".  In fact, without supporting syntax it's
> unlikely that users would even bother trying to create them in the first
> place.

Yes. This is a real problem.

It is a common problem that we see a lot with "private" members using
naming conventions.

class Base {
  constructor() {
    this._element = ...;

class Derived extends Base {
  constructor() {
    this._element = ...;  // OOPS!


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