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Comment hash table lookup optimization (Score 1) 97

I wonder how do javascript engines optimize hash table lookups. Especially since it is faster to access a member of an object than to access a variable of an outer function. It seems to me that the former requires a hash table lookup with a string key while the later suffices with a pointer into the closure of an outer function and the offset of the variable.


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