hidden methods idea

Stephan B. Wessels stephan.wessels at sdrc.com
Wed Aug 19 18:54:05 UTC 1998

Exactly.  We could never get that kind of behavior by keying off of a leading
character in a String.  Assuming that the overall concept of expanding method
categories is a good one, then it's pretty obvious to me that an object lives in
there somewhere.

I think the notion of subcategorizes existed in Team/V.

  - Steve

Dwight Hughes wrote:

> Stephan B. Wessels wrote:
> >
> > > On Wed, 19 Aug 1998, Georg Gollmann wrote:
> > >
> > > What I meant to say, is that the Browser could simply suppress category
> > > names that starts with a dot '.'
> >
> >   I get a little fussy when we declare that "dot" is the right way.  One
> > person's preference being the case there.
> >
> > It's an interesting idea, but what if we went with something more powerful
> > where the category is not a string at all but rather a more sophisticated
> > object that could, among other things, hold the string name and an attribute
> > that declares privacy?  My mind is still not settled about whether the Java/C
> > private thing is a good fit but I can see the suitability for "filtering"
> > based upon some range of attributes defined by the developer or team.
> I would also like to see methods able to "belong" to more than one
> category (like "private" _and_ "file i/o" or whatever) and categories
> able to have subcategories for organization and filtering.
> -- Dwight

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