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Difference between Class.method and Class.prototype.method

  • Last Updated : 13 Aug, 2020

JavaScript is an object-oriented programming language, but unlike its peers (which are class-based), JavaScript is a prototype-based language. It means that in JavaScript, you can create an object (prototype object) that acts as a template for new objects. These new objects can be provided with new properties either when you create them or at run time.

There are two ways to add new methods to an object.

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  1. Class.method: The Class.method is static and has no relation with any instance of the class. The class method must be called using the class name. Only one instance of this function exists in the memory.

    Example:



    Javascript




    <script>
     
       // Constructor function
       function User(userName) {
         this.userName = userName;
       };
         
       // Static function 
       User.message = function () {
         document.write("Login successful");
       };
         
       // Creating an instance of User
       // using new keyword
       const newUser = new User("GFG");
     
       // Message method accessed with User
       User.message(); 
    </script>


    Output:
    Login successful
  2. Class.prototype.method: The Class.prototype.method is created which is related to the instance of the object. It is called using the object instance name. Each instance of the class will have its own copy of this method.

    Example:

    Javascript




    <script>
       function User(userName) {
          this.userName = userName;
        };
          
        User.message = function () {
          document.write("Login successful");
          document.write("<br>");
        };
          
        // Instance method 
        User.prototype.greet = function () {
     
           // can access object properties
           // using 'this' keyword
           document.write("Welcome " + this.userName); 
        };
          
        const newUser = new User("GFG");
        User.message();
     
        // Instance method being accessed 
        // using instance variable
        newUser.greet(); 
    </script>


    Output:
    Login successful
    Welcome GFG 

    The above code can be written using JavaScript classes that were introduced in ECMAScript 2015.

    Javascript




         
    <script>
      
        // JavaScript class  
        class User {
            constructor(userName) {
                this.userName = userName;
            }
      
            // Corresponds to User.message()
            static message = function () {
                document.write("Login successful");
                document.write("<br>");
            };
      
            // Corresponds to User.prototype.greet()
            greet = function () {
                document.write("Welcome " 
                        + this.userName);
            };
        }
      
        const newUser = new User("GFG");
        User.message();
        newUser.greet();
    </script>


    Output:
    Login successful
    Welcome GFG 

    JavaScript classes are syntactical sugar over JavaScript’s prototype-based approach.


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