Message from JavaScript discussions

June 2017

— So symbols work like this:
if you have a reference to the symbol instance (priv in this case), you can access a prop referenced by that symbol, otherwise, you have no access to this[priv]

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Meaning if I had a reference to priv in another file, I could do myInstance[priv] and have access to the "private" variables

— But I don't, because of IIFE

— Which MEANS only statics AND instance methods within the class definition itself have access to private vars

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— And NOT external (modified in runtime for example) instance methods: = [rogue function]

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— Which means that the new syntax offers no new attack surface

— There is a buitin for getting all symbols, isn't there?


— Yeah, I remember reading about it on MDN

— This does make sense

— Well, symbols is only one method

— I could also have used WeakMap