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class SuperConstructor {
constructor() { this.isTheSuper = true }
superMethod() { return this }
function Constructor() {
// This doesn't work with ES6 classes this )
this.isTheSuper = false
Constructor.prototype.method = function() {
return this
inherit( Constructor, SuperConstructor )
// This will throw a `TypeError`:
// Class constructor SuperConstructor cannot be invoked without 'new'`
var ctor = new Constructor()
function Ctor(options) {, options)
function SuperCtor(options) { =
inherit( Ctor, SuperCtor )
class ES6Ctor extends Ctor {
constructor(options) { super(options) }
var instance = new ES6Ctor({ works: true })
assert.ok( instance instanceof ES6Ctor, 'instanceof ES6Ctor' )
// As it happens, all super constructors are called...
assert.ok( === true )
// But the prototype chain is not preserved:
// These blow up. Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.
assert.ok( instance instanceof Ctor, 'instanceof Ctor' )
assert.ok( instance instanceof SuperCtor, 'instanceof SuperCtor' )
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jhermsmeier commented Jan 30, 2017

There's still the problem of the super constructor's code not running in the right context (the this of the inheriting constructor) – which is probably fine in quite a few cases, but doesn't quite cut it for all cases ;)

I wonder if there's some "magic" hack to invoke a ES6 class constructor in another context, that would certainly solve it... but in general I'm more concerned with backwards compatibility in the future, with ES5 code inheriting from node core classes or browser natives etc. (for example; streams).

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