'function *' is not mandatory

Oliver Hunt oliver at apple.com
Sat Aug 31 12:25:05 PDT 2013

On Aug 31, 2013, at 12:15 PM, Yuichi Nishiwaki <yuichi.nishiwaki at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all, I just found a post that the current generator syntax
> (function *) seems have decided in:
> https://mail.mozilla.org/pipermail/es-discuss/2011-July/015799.html
> According to the post, the biggest reason the star syntax is adopted
> for now is that you cannot write empty generators with star-less
> functions in a consistent simple way. But the situation has changed,
> and in the current spec (rev 17) yield* is now capable of taking any
> kind of iterator, so you can make empty generators just like
> ```js
> function * () {
>    yield * [];
> }
> ```
> This looks enough good and simple at least to me. And I wonder if even
> now generators still need to be declared with 'star's. What are the
> advantages of 'star'ed generators rather than 'star'-lesses? If not
> exist, shouldn't it be removed (for the simplicity)?

The reason for the * is substantially (IIRC) to make it possible for an engine
to help prevent developers from unintentionally creating a generator function,
and to make it possible for someone attempting to use a function to identify immediately
whether it is a generator or a regular function.


> Thank you.
> --
> Yuichi Nishiwaki
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