Scoped binding of a method to an object

Benjamin (Inglor) Gruenbaum inglor at gmail.com
Sun Oct 13 00:54:12 PDT 2013


Scoped binding of a method to an object

Well, I know how some languages solve this issue but I wondered if
ECMAScript considered addressing this or already have and I missed it.

Often, I want to extend objects, for example -

Array.prototype.shuffle - takes an array and shuffles it.

However, this is considered bad practice for many reasons I don't have to
repeat here (what if other libraries also override it? What if some user
code? What if it makes it to the standard some day?)

The problem is even more prevalent in stuff like String.prototype.contains
which we know will be in the next spec - people had little way to add that
function to the string prototype *before* it was adapted to the spec and
not get eventually bitten.

Stuff like underscore _.shuffle makes for less object oriented code, I find
it harder to write and it feels like the code is not where it belongs.

What I'd like is a way to add such methods in a scoped way, so within *my* code
I get to use .shuffle but any code that is not in that scoped block does
not get access to this method.

Has there been a proposal or discussion about this in the past?

Benjamin Gruenabum
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