Proposal to add symbol: "hasInstanceStrict"

T.J. Crowder tj.crowder at
Tue Feb 20 13:37:15 UTC 2018

On Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 1:15 PM, Terence M. Bandoian <terence at>
> Wasn't JavaScript originally designed for use in the Netscape
> browser?  Maybe it's more correct to say that it was originally
> designed for use in web browsers but has been and is being
> adapted for other purposes.

The initial version was done in those 10 fateful days in May 1995 (the rush
was to stave off competing proposals). Shipped in Netscape Navigator in
September 1995, and in Netscape Enterprise Server in December (for
server-side scripting). So for three months in 1995, JavaScript was in the
wild as a browser-only language; only Brendan Eich or others there at the
time can say what the plan for it was.

Regardless how you want to read that, origins more than 22 years ago don't
inform what to use modern JavaScript for in 2018, nor how the language
should move forward from here.

-- T.J. Crowder
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