Exporting Symbols

Isiah Meadows isiahmeadows at gmail.com
Sun Oct 18 04:54:31 UTC 2015

May I ask what the use case for exporting symbol-named values is? I
can't seem to think of any obvious one.

On Fri, Oct 16, 2015 at 5:29 PM, Dean Landolt <dean at deanlandolt.com> wrote:
>  [snip]
>> So if you export an opaque identity that you created yourself, and don't
>> expose some mechanism for downstream consumers to know what it means, you're
>> handing a bag of meaningless tokens which are, by definition, completely
>> useless to them.
> I should add: if you only intend to default-export a *single* symbol, this
> is not semantically meaningless. It may be possible to infer some kind of
> meaning from the module path of the import. I'm not convinced this is
> valuable, but it seems like something which could be made to work.
> My point only holds when not doing a default-export of a symbol -- e.g.
> using symbol keys on a default-exported object or using unregistered symbols
> as export bindings (if this were even possible).
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