Inheritance of Properties and Methods through the Prototype Object Chain

This chapter provides introductions and tutorial examples on object property and method inheritance. Topics include inheriting properties and methods from constructor's prototype, reviewing built-in default properties and methods, using the 'constructor' property, adding local and inherited properties, overriding inherited properties.

Inheriting from Constructor's Prototype Object

Changing the Constructor's Prototype Object

Inheriting Properties from Two Level Prototype Objects

Built-in Properties and Methods in "Object.prototype"

Using "hasOwnProperty()" Method to Test Inherited Properties

Setting the "constructor" Property in the "prototype" Object

Adding Local Methods at the Object Level

Adding Inherited Methods at the Prototype Level

Building Multiple Levels of Prototype Objects

Prototype Object Chain Summary

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction to JavaScript

 ECMAScript Language Specification and JavaScript Dialects

 Data Types, Variables and Expressions

 Flow Control Statements

 Creating, Accessing, and Manipulating Arrays

 Defining and Calling Functions

 Web Browser Supporting JavaScript

 Server-Side and Client-Side Web Scripting

 Introduction to Objects

 Defining Your Own Object Types

Inheritance of Properties and Methods through the Prototype Object Chain

 'jrunscript' - JavaScript Shell Command from JDK

 Using Functions as "Function" Objects

 Introduction to Built-in Object Types

 W3C's Document Object Model (DOM) Specifications

 References

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