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Add support for ES6 symbol types #810

Gozala opened this Issue Sep 17, 2015 · 4 comments


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Gozala commented Sep 17, 2015

Code along this lines causes an error:

Class List {
  $$typeof: symbol;
  constructor() {
     this.$$typeof = Symbol.for('mylib/symbol')

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Gozala commented Sep 17, 2015

I did not quite figured out how to add a primitive type support and at this point I don't have enough time to digg into to do it. So I have created this libdef for my use:

// See
declare class Symbol {
  static (value?:any): symbol;
  static for(key:string): symbol;
  static keyFor(symbol:symbol): string;
  toString(): string;
  valueOf(): symbol;
  // Well-known symbols
  static iterator: symbol;
  static match: symbol;
  static replace: symbol;
  static search: symbol;
  static split: symbol;
  static hasInstance: symbol;
  static isConcatSpreadable: symbol;
  static unscopables: symbol;
  static species: symbol;
  static toPrimitive: symbol;
  static toStringTag: symbol;

type symbol = Symbol;

I'm happy to send a pull to include it into core.js until proper support is built.


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eranimo commented Mar 20, 2017

Has Symbol.iterator support been implemented?


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donkeybonks commented May 4, 2018

This would be really good to have because it is a common use-case with React Redux to use symbols for action namespacing (and slightly better performance, too).

Our current codebase massively fouls with flow and we've got a lot of $FlowFixMes caused by lack of Symbol support and support for symbols as map keys. ie

export const SOME_FOO = Symbol('SOME_FOO');

// ...
import { SOME_FOO } from './some/action/type';

export const {
    SOME_FOO: doSomeFoo,
    // ^ flow error, symbol not supported / can't use as map key

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