[Newbies] Overriding methods

Blake blake at kingdomrpg.com
Sun Jan 20 19:09:27 UTC 2008

On Sun, 20 Jan 2008 04:37:17 -0800, <johnps11 at bigpond.com> wrote:

> Hi Blake!
> I've yet to find a situation where I can't put the code that would be in  
> a constructor in C++ into #initialize.  I suppose there are situations  
> where that would be a bad idea, but I just haven't met them, or else I'm  
> doing
> bad things (very likely).

In the abstract, I'd say if the class knows something the instance  

> Every time I get that kind of a warning I treat it as a 'is there a  
> better way?' flag.  It'd be great if one of the non-newbies on this list  
> could
> explain when (or why) it is a better idea to override #new rather than
> instantiate fields in #initialize or via lazy initialization.

Yeah, I think that's why the warning is there. And I understand it (sorta)  
for #basicNew.

It just seems kind of hyper for #new. I guess it's because #new is obliged  
(sorta) to call #initialize, and this is not a universal Smalltalk  


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