Javascript – Uncaught TypeError: Cannot assign to read only property

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I was trying out this really simple example from the awesome "Professional JavaScript for Web Developers" book by Nicholas Zakas but I can't figure what I am doing wrong here. Must be something really simple that I missed but I'm stuck.

Here is the code:

'use strict';

var book = {};

Object.defineProperties(book, {
    originYear: {
        value: 2004,
        writable: false
    },

    _year: {
        value: 2004
    },

    edition: {
        value: 1
    },

    year : {
        get: function() {
            return this._year;
        },

        set: function(newValue) {
            if(newValue > this.originYear) {
                this._year = newValue;
                this.edition += newValue - this.originYear;
            }
        }
    }
});

console.log(book.edition);
book.year = 2006;
console.log(book.edition);

The error I am getting on the Chrome console is:

Uncaught TypeError: Cannot assign to read only property '_year' of
#main.js:31 Object.defineProperties.year.setmain.js:39 (anonymous function)

Can someone please explain where I have gone wrong?

Here is the fiddle

Best Answer

When you use Object.defineProperties, by default writable is set to false, so _year and edition are actually read only properties.

Explicitly set them to writable: true:

_year: {
    value: 2004,
    writable: true
},

edition: {
    value: 1,
    writable: true
},

Check out MDN for this method.

writable
true if and only if the value associated with the property may be changed with an assignment operator.
Defaults to false.

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