ES6 spec: `export default` HoistableDeclaration

Allen Wirfs-Brock allen at
Wed Nov 19 16:54:51 PST 2014

On Nov 19, 2014, at 4:42 PM, Axel Rauschmayer <axel at> wrote:

>>> OK, I take it the following wasn’t viable?
>> that’s correct.  We wanted the initialization of a function like:
>>     export default function () {}
>> to be hoisted, just like:
>>     export function f() {};
> I suspect that that will confuse people: they will expect an anonymous function to be an expression, not a declaration (even more so because the operand of `export default` is usually an expression). Does hoisting even matter if the function doesn’t have a name? Is it worth it to introduce a completely new construct (an anonymous function declaration) just for `export default`?

It can make a difference to circular modules that reference each other’s default export.  Hosted function iinitialization occurs before anything in the module body is evaluated.  export default expression isn’t initialized at the point of the export declaration in the module body.


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