Combination Constructor/Prototype Pattern


The most common way of defining custom types is to combine the constructor and prototype patterns. The constructor pattern defines instance properties, whereas the prototype pattern defines methods and shared properties. With this approach, each instance ends up with its own copy of the instance properties, but they all share references to methods, conserving memory. This pattern allows arguments to be passed into the constructor as well, effectively combining the best parts of each pattern. The previous example can now be rewritten as follows: