Static and Instance Methods in JavaScript

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I thought I quite ‘understood’ inheritance in JavaScript until I got flummoxed while trying to test my understanding. The JS prototypical inheritance model is hugely different from the classical approaches of the languages I started out with; the only way to fix this that I know of is by writing code and after spending hours screaming at my console I finally saw the light Alhamdulilah.

JS is a weakly-typed prototypical language and thus classes aren’t really ‘classes’; instead they are functions which are in turn objects. New objects are created from constructor functions by using the new keyword and this allows you to kind of ‘simulate’ OOP. But mind you; its inheritance model is still different.

Some sample code that shows this difference between static and instance properties. All object properties are public although can easily make them private by declaring them with var (I added an example); for…

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