WeakSet

For uses of WeakSet see ECMAScript 6: what is WeakSet for?.

Creating a WeakSet object

The WeakSet object is used for storing weakly held objects in a collection. The difference from is that you can't store primitive values, like numbers or string. Also, references to the objects in the collection are held weakly, which means that if there is no other reference to an object stored in a WeakSet, it can be garbage collected.

The WeakSet constructor has an optional parameter, which can be any iterable object (for example an array). All of its elements will be added to the created WeakSet.

const obj1 = {},
      obj2 = {};

const weakset = new WeakSet([obj1, obj2]);

Adding a value

To add a value to a WeakSet, use the .add() method. This method is chainable.

const obj1 = {},
      obj2 = {};

const weakset = new WeakSet();
weakset.add(obj1).add(obj2);

Checking if a value exists

To check if a value exits in a WeakSet, use the .has() method.

const obj1 = {},
      obj2 = {};

const weakset = new WeakSet([obj1]);
console.log(weakset.has(obj1)); // true
console.log(weakset.has(obj2)); // false

Removing a value

To remove a value from a WeakSet, use the .delete() method. This method returns true if the value existed and has been removed, otherwise false.

const obj1 = {},
      obj2 = {};

const weakset = new WeakSet([obj1]);
console.log(weakset.delete(obj1)); // true
console.log(weakset.delete(obj2)); // false