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    The module easy-class simplifies using ES5 classes.

    It does this by providing 2 functions. The function subClass(subCtor, baseCtor) will, in most cases, be the only one needed. In case you need to derive an ES5 class from a class made by the new ES6 class syntax, the function assignOwn(target, source) may be needed.

    function subClass(subCtor, baseCtor)

    This function can be used to chain ES5 classes.

    subClass() example

    This example shows a base ES5 class Animal, and a derived ES5 class Bird.

    import EasyClass from 'easy-class'
    function Animal() {
      // Animal initialisation
    Animal.prototype = {
      // Animal methods, initial values and constants
    EasyClass.subClass(Animal, Object);
    function Bird() {
      // Other Bird initialisations
    Bird.prototype = {
      // Bird methods, initial values and constants
    // chain the ES5 classes
    EasyClass.subClass(Bird, Animal);

    The function subClass() does 3 things:

    1. it tests the existence of an own property constructor, and if it does not exist, creates an non-enumerabe property constructor.
      In the example, by assigning an object to Animal.prototype and Bird.prototype, the original constructor properties were lost. The calls to subClass() recreated them.
    2. it chains set the prototype of Bird.prototype to Animal.prototype.
    3. it chains the constructor functions, i.e. it sets the prototype of Bird() to Animal(). Note: this has nothing to do with Bird.prototype or Animal.prototype.
      This is a chaining of static properties/methods which are assigned to the Bird() and Animal() functions.

    function assignOwn(target, source)

    This function can be used to derive a ES5 subclass from an ES6 class. The following code will not work.

    class EsSix {
      constructor() {}
    function EsFive() {
      EsSix.call(this);   // DOES NOT WORK

    The reason: the constructor of an ES6 class can not be called without the new keyword. A "solution" that will work most of the time:

    function EsFive() {
      Object.assign(this, newEsSix());

    Object.assign() only copies own enumerable properties/methods, but that will do in most cases. The function assignOwn() copies all own properties/methods, and also copies all own symbols.
    Apart from in tests, I have never had to use it.




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