Encapsulation: Private Attribute

In JavaScript OOP there are attributes called private attributes. Knowing if an attribute is private or public, an API user can focus on the API as a whole.

Let’s create some private attributes.

(function() {
    var private_id = guid();

    var init = function() {
        // Private attribute holder
        this[private_id] = {};

        // Create_time is a private attribute
        this[private_id].creation_time = (new Date()).getTime();

    // This is the public method accessing the private attribute
    var get_creation_time = function() {
        return this[private_id].creation_time;

    // Anything listed below are public methods
    My_Class = Class.extend({
        init: init,
        get_creation_time: get_creation_time

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