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JSGetObjectOps is the type for JSClass.getObjectOps

Callback Syntax

typedef JSObjectOps *
(* JSGetObjectOps)(JSContext *cx, JSClass *clasp);
Name Type Description
cx JSContext * The JS context in which the new object is being created.
cls JSClass * The class of the new object.


JSObjectOps is used by JS_NewObject's internals to discover the set of high-level object operations to use for new objects of the given class. All native objects have a JSClass, which is stored as a private (int-tagged) pointer in object slots. In contrast, all native and host objects have a JSObjectMap at obj->map, which may be shared among a number of objects, and which contains the JSObjectOps *ops pointer used to dispatch object operations from API calls.

Thus JSClass (which pre-dates JSObjectOps in the API) provides a low-level interface to class-specific code and data, while JSObjectOps allows for a higher level of operation, which does not use the object's class except to find the class's JSObjectOps struct, by calling clasp->getObjectOps, and to finalize the object.

If this seems backwards, that's because it is! API compatibility requires a JSClass *clasp parameter to JS_NewObject, etc. Most host objects do not need to implement the larger JSObjectOps, and can share the common JSScope code and data used by the native (js_ObjectOps, see jsobj.c) ops.

Further extension to preserve API compatibility: if this function returns a pointer to JSXMLObjectOps.base, not to JSObjectOps, then the engine calls extended hooks needed for E4X.

JSClass hooks

JSClass offerd following hook:

  • The JSClass.getObjectOps hook is called each time an object is created. It returns a pointer to a JSObjectOps which is then used as a virtual table for operations on the new object.

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