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var Class = Self(definition)

var Class = Self.extend(definition)

Creates a new class. Self() is shorthand for Self.extend().

var Class = Self(prototype, definition)

Shorthand for Self.extend(Self.create(prototype), definition).

var Class = Self.create(prototype)

Wraps a prototypal constructor as a Self class, returning the created class.


Property indicating the version of Self.

Class static methods & properties

var inst = Class(args...)

Calling returns an instance of the class, passing any arguments to the constructor method.

var Child = Class.extend(definition)

Extends the class with a new class definition, returning the created class.

Class.staticProps(definition) === Class

Sugar method for defining static properties on a class.

Class.mixin(AnotherClass) === Class

Copies another class's definitions into the current class.


Parent class

Instance properties


The class that created this instance.


The parent class of this instance, same as inst.__class__.__super__.

Integrating With Other Forms of OOP

Prototypal OOP

A prototype can be manually wrapped with Self.create.

var EventEmitter = Self.create(require('events').EventEmitter);

Or use the shorthand and pass your base prototype as the first parameter in your class definition.

var Foobar = Self(EventEmitter, {
    constructor: function (self) {; // Calls EventEmitter's constructor 


Backbone's initialize function is not the constructor. It's a call super method, which gets called by the real constructor. So as long as you keep the constructor semantics the same, you'll be fine!

var MyModel = Self(Backbone.Model, {
    initialize: function (self, attr, opts) {, attr, opts);

I recommend extending the Backbone library into your own namespace, so you don't have to call Self on the library everytime. It also provides a place for you to roll your own base class logic.

var mvc = _.reduce(Backbone, function (obj, value, key) {
    obj[key] = (value.prototype && _.keys(value.prototype).length) ? Self.create(value) : value;
    return obj;
}, {});
mvc.Collection = mvc.Collection.extend({


Since Self.js wraps every method with a function that unshifts the context onto your method's arguments, there is overhead. You will have to weigh the performance impact vs the convenience of an explicit self variable.

For me, an empty Self method is 2 orders of magnitude slower than an empty prototypal method. Keep in mind this overhead may be negligible compared to the time it takes to run the code in your method. Below are the actual timings of calling those methods on my machine.

  • Without Self — 6 nanoseconds/call
  • With Self — 610 nanoseconds/call

To run these benchmarks yourself, clone this project and run: npm install -d && node ./benchmarks.js


It should be possible to macro Self methods in-place (only in Node.js), thus removing the overhead of wrapping every method. If anyone is interested in this, please let me know and we can investigate it!