Of course, a local-variable is “lost” too, as soon as the containing subroutine (the constructor ...) ends. So in this case, it really is a matter of personal preference on the part of the author. You’re going to create something, you might or might not twiddle with it, you’re going to bless it, and then you’re going to return it as the function-result. Q.E.D. As long as the meaning of the block of code which you use to do that is abundantly obvious, and effortlessly maintainable, “Feel Free.™”
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