An update on Object.observe

Adam Klein adamk at
Tue Nov 3 21:24:17 UTC 2015

On Tue, Nov 3, 2015 at 1:18 PM, Coroutines <coroutines at> wrote:

> On Tue, Nov 3, 2015 at 3:26 AM, Alexander Jones <alex at> wrote:
> > In my opinion, the fundamental record type we build our JS on should be
> > getting dumber, not smarter. It feels inappropriate to be piling more
> > difficult-to-reason-about mechanisms on top before reeling in exotic host
> > objects. With Proxy out of the bag, I'm not so hopeful for the humble
> Object
> > anymore.
> As far as I know, without Proxy or Object.observe() there would be no
> possible way to watch for changes *as they happen* and directly fire
> off an observing function or handler.  You need assistance from the JS
> runtime to track stuff like this correctly and efficiently.  The
> polyfills for O.o() use timers to watch for changes - changes/accesses
> can be missed between polls.  I am happy Proxy is at least staying
> around - I was initially freaking out thinking Object.observe() was
> the mechanism behind Proxy's magicalness.

Note that O.o didn't help for the "as they happen" case anyway, as
callbacks were delayed until the end of the turn (same timing as Promise
resolution). Proxies are required to do synchronous interception.
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