Prototype vs Module pattern performance

JavaScript performance comparison

Revision 144 of this test case created by n-time


Removed iterations in tests, because jsperf already does that for us. And renamed variables to be more meaningful to us humans. And other cosmetic changes.

The most important thing to remember is to use the right tool for the job. All these tests do is reference an object with a complex memory allocation. When you don't need something fancy, you're better off using a regular old object

Preparation code

Benchmark.prototype.setup = function() {
    function TraditionalPrototypeClass() {
    } = function() {
    }; = function() {
    function ModulePatternClass() { = function() {
       = function() {
    var ModuleCachePatternClass = (function () {
        function foo() {
        function bar() {
        return function () {
   = foo;
   = bar;

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Test Ops/sec
var o = new TraditionalPrototypeClass();;
Module pattern
var o = new ModulePatternClass();;
Module pattern with cached functions
var o = new ModuleCachePatternClass();;
Use the right tool for the job
var o = {
    foo: function(){
    bar: function(){

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