Object.defineProperty

Learn how to enforce immutability through `Object.defineProperty`. Learn how it ties into functional programming.

Object.defineProperty

This function allows us to create properties on an object, but specify some rules that the engine will enforce. For example, we can make it so that the property can’t be changed, deleted, or printed in a loop.

Usage

Object.defineProperty takes in three arguments:

  • The object on which we want to define a property
  • The name of the property we want to define
  • An object containing both the value we’d like to give our property and the rules we would like to enforce on our property

value

There are four optional items we can place in our rules object. One of them is value and simply allows us to give our property a value.

writable, configurable, enumerable

The remaining three are booleans which, by default, are set to false. They remove some piece of functionality from our object.

When discussing them, we’ll first manually set them to true. As we discuss each one, we’ll make it false in the examples. Initially setting them all to true will help us understand them one by one.

value

To provide the value for the property we’re adding to our object, we place a value property on our options object. It defaults to undefined if it’s not provided.

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