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Does JavaScript Software Embrace Classes? (SANER 2015)


Published March 3, 2015 in Research

In this talk we report on a large and in-depth study to understand how class emulation is employed in JavaScript applications. We propose a strategy to statically detect class-based abstractions in the source code of JavaScript systems. We used this strategy in a dataset of 50 popular JavaScript applications available from GitHub. We found four types of JavaScript software: class-free (systems that do not make any usage of classes), class-aware (systems that use classes, but marginally), class-friendly (systems that make a relevant usage of classes), and class-oriented (systems that have most of their data structures implemented as classes). The systems in these categories represent, respectively, 26%, 36%, 30%, and 8% of the systems we studied.