Simple private Name shim
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A very simple Private Name shim. Using the private Name object you can define hidden properties that no other code can access without the associated Name object This might be useful for storing meta data (like or for creating a WeakMap shim

It works fairly well without any monkey-patching (though it does need to create one non-enumerable property on Object.prototype but it's much less intrusive than replacing functions. The variable name is random and uses unicode characters so the chances of conflicts are slim to none) This is the least intrusive and most accurate shim for private names that I know of, if you find a way to make it better feel free to make a pull request!


Install with component(1):

$ component install ilsken/name

Install with npm:

$ npm install --save private-name

Usage (with component or node.js)

var Name = require('name') // use `require('private-name')` for node
var myObject = {}

// you can also use new Name('something') to create a friendlier name for debugging tools which can see hidden properties
var hiddenProperty = new Name()

// you can assign values directly using the hiddenProperty object
myObject[hiddenProperty] = 'foo'

// but the property is automatically non-enumerable and the real name of the property is never exposed 
console.log(myObject) // {}

// you can still access the value
console.log(myObject[hiddenProperty]) // "foo"

// but calls to hasOwnProperty and the like will fail (don't worry the property is still assigned to this object, not a prototype)
console.log(myObject.hasOwnProperty(hiddenProperty)) // false

console.log(Object.keys(myObject)) // []

Usage in the browser (without component)

<script src="dist/name.js"></script>
  var hiddenProperty = new Name()
  // etc


While this shim for the most part works without any monkey-patching there are currently a couple ways to leak the private properties names. If you want to fix those leaks you can use the patches below


Because myHiddenName.toString() doesn't return the actual name of the property but rather the name of our helper property on Object.prototype, you will not be able to use Object.defineProperty directly You can use the following helper method instead

var hidden = new Name()
hidden.define(obj, {
    get: function(){ return 'bla'}

Or you can apply the following patch

var def = Object.defineProperty
function defineProperty(obj, prop, desc){
   if(prop instanceof Name) return prop.define(obj, desc)
   else return def(obj, prop, desc)
Object.defineProperty = defineProperty


Object.getOwnPropertyNames will leak the private names of the variables. Because they use invisble unicode characters the chances of conflict are very slim but if you really want to make sure no one else can access the hidden variable names you can apply this patch

var props = Object.getOwnPropertyNames
function getOwnPropertyNames(obj){
    return props(obj).filter(Name.isPublic)
Object.getOwnPropertyNames = getOwnPropertyNames

Object.hasOwnProperty(Object.prototype, hiddenProperty)

If you define hidden properties on Object.prototype the method we use to hide doesn't work. I don't know why you would define hidden properties on the prototype but just in case here's how you'd patch this leak

var has = Object.hasOwnProperty
function hasOwnProperty(obj, prop){
    return Name.isPublic(prop) && has(obj, prop)
Object.hasOwnProperty = hasOwnProperty