Re: Re: Proposal For A New Alternative Keyword To “this” For Classes

Ben Wiley therealbenwiley at
Mon Mar 11 15:22:57 UTC 2019

The main issue here is that you're sort of asking for something too late.

If you reference the "notThis" keyword inside a callback method that has
been separated from "its own" class instance, you're now saying "could you
please do this all in the context of your instance", but your method
doesn't know what its instance is because it never saved a reference.

Alternatively the compiler would notice that the "notThis" keyword is
invoked inside a method, and automatically make a bound property on
construction. The problem is that you're eagerly making a copy of every
method using "notThis" for every instance that exists - eating up a whole
bunch of extra memory for large collections - without knowing necessarily
that those bound copies will be used. Granted, we're triggering the same
problem when folks are using "class property arrow methods" for all their
methods in React classes.


Le lun. 11 mars 2019 11 h 04, john larson <johnlarsondev1 at> a
écrit :

> *@Rob:* Thanks for pointing out "proposal-bind-operator". I examined the
> proposal and as far as I understand, it is just another way to create a
> bound enclosing function. What I am proposing is just the opposite, no
> binding should take place in the enclosing function. A method call or usage
> of a property should already have its lexical scope pointing to the class
> instance and should not need any binding of its enclosing environment to
> function correctly.
> On Mon, Mar 11, 2019 at 4:57 PM Rob Ede <robjtede at> wrote:
>> I would imagine that this can be achieved with bind operator proposal,
>> which already has Babel support, despite no examples showing usage inside a
>> class.
>> Something like:
>> `oReq.addEventListener("load", ::this.responseHandler);`
>> seems to be the syntax that will de-sugar to
>> `oReq.addEventListener("load", this.responseHandler.bind(this));`
>> to get you the desired this binding.
>> I’m surprised this idea hasn't been mentioned yet although things have
>> been moving slowly on that proposal and it seems to need some community
>> support to move along.
>> Regards,
>> Rob
>> References:
>> 1: Bind Syntax Proposal (
>> 2: Babel Plugin (
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