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    Proto Create

    This module produces a function that creates and returns a target object which inherits from another object. The syntax used internally is "Object.create()" and this module is meant to provide a cleaner and better looking solution with the added benefit of "sub-classing" arrays, or effectively having an array inherit from any object (including null). The benefit of this is that you do not have to pollute Array.prototype when a custom array method is desired.

    Thank you to kangax for the article on subclassing arrays. I used his method of creating an object and giving it the special characteristics of an array manually. The article can be seen here:

    The argument of the function must be an object. The accepted optional properties are:

    [ proto ] : the desired prototype of the newly created target object. if [ target ] is an array, [ proto ] defaults to Array.prototype, otherwise it defaults to Object.prototype

    [ target ] : The new object to be created. This may be an array. Literal syntax is recommended since a shallow copy of the properties will take place.

    [ descriptors ] : The descriptors of the object may be defined here.

    If both [ target ] and [ descriptors ] are not defined, the function will return an empty object.


    npm install proto-create


    const create = require("proto-create");
    // creating an object that inherits from Object.prototype to be used as a new prototype
    let myObjectPrototype = create({
        proto: Object.prototype,
        target: { a: 1 }
    // creating an object that inherits from "myObjectPrototype"
    let x = create({
        proto: myObjectPrototype,
        target: { b: 2 }
    console.log(x.b, x.a, x.toString); // 2, 1, [Function: toString]
    // creating an object to be used as a prototype for an array, which inherits from Array.prototype
    let myArrayPrototype = create({
        proto: Array.prototype,
        descriptors: {
            last: {
                value: function () {
                    return this[this.length - 1];
    // creating an array which inherits from "myArrayPrototype", which in turn inherits from Array.prototype
    let y = create({
        proto: myArrayPrototype,
        target: [32, 43, 54, 65]
    console.log(y.last(), => 2 * x)); // 65, [ 64, 86, 108, 130 ]


    npm i proto-create

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