I found Date can be used without the new keyword.

> "Thu May 28 2015 15:54:20 GMT+0800 (CST)"
new Date(1)
> Thu Jan 01 1970 08:00:00 GMT+0800 (CST)

I was wondering whether there is any side-effect of using it without new.. Why would it be designed like this?


In JavaScript a constructor is just an ordinary function. Any function which can be called as a constructor with 'new' can be called as an ordinary function. But functions will almost always be written as either a constructor or non-constructor function, and using it the other way is an error.

The built-in objects however are specifically designed so that you can use them both ways (as constructor and as ordinary functions) with two different results. For example new Date(1) creates a new Date object (as you would expect for a constructor) while Date(1) returns a string representation of the corresponding date, which is perhaps more surprising.

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