Class Decorators

function log(prefix?: string) {
  return (target) => {
    // save a reference to the original constructor
    var original = target;

    // a utility function to generate instances of a class
    function construct(constructor, args) {
      var c: any = function () {
        return constructor.apply(this, args);
      c.prototype = constructor.prototype;
      return new c();

    // the new constructor behavior
    var f: any = function (...args) {
      console.log(prefix +;
      return construct(original, args);

    // copy prototype so instanceof operator still works
    f.prototype = original.prototype;

    // return new constructor (will override original)
    return f;

class World {

const w = new World(); // outputs "helloWorld"

In the example log is invoked using @, and passed a string as a parameter, @log() returns an anonymous function that is the actual decorator.

The decorator function takes a class, or constructor function (ES5) as an argument. The decorator function then returns a new class construction function that is used whenever World is instantiated.

This decorator does nothing other than log out its given parameter, and its target's class name to the console.

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