new instantiation design alternatives

Brendan Eich brendan at
Thu Sep 11 15:38:31 PDT 2014

Claude Pache wrote:
> Le 12 sept. 2014 à 00:03, Brendan Eich<brendan at>  a écrit :
>> >  Ob. bikeshed: why not `new?` as the magic pair of tokens? Seems unambiguous given `new` as a reserved identifier since dayone.
> If one day we introduce the so-called existential operator `foo?.bar`, it will be quite confusing to already have `new?.constructor` for something else.

Hah, I should have read ahead. You're right we were considering foo?.bar 

I wrote that and championed it. But I probably forgot about it ten 
minutes ago when replying to Allen, because it seemed to fail for good 
at past TC39 meetings:

(search for "non-starter").

Then you rallied in this thread:

but it still didn't end well.


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