JavaScript engine fundamentals: Shapes and Inline Caches

Mathias Bynens and Benedikt Meurer:

As a JavaScript developer, having a deeper understanding of how JavaScript engines work helps you reason about the performance characteristics of your code.

I especially like the part where they take a look into an JS engine’s Object Model:

How do JavaScript engines implement the JavaScript object model, and which tricks do they use to speed up accessing properties on JavaScript objects? As it turns out, all major engines implement this very similarly.

(knowledge of the aforementioned Property Descriptors will come in handy ;))

The contents of the article have also been touched upon in this duo-talk they gave:

JavaScript engine fundamentals: Shapes and Inline Caches →

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Bramus is a frontend web developer from Belgium, working as a Chrome Developer Relations Engineer at Google. From the moment he discovered view-source at the age of 14 (way back in 1997), he fell in love with the web and has been tinkering with it ever since (more …)

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