Jecel Mattos de Assumpcao Jr.
jecel at lsi.usp.br
Thu Feb 26 22:11:38 UTC 1998
> With the ability
> to drag-n-drop objects, cleaning up the mess you make is
> hardly a chore later on.
I meant "drag-n-drop slots" which allows you to effortlessly
change object structure and inheritance tree.
About mirrors, they only handle a small part of the
reflection problem, like the classes they replace. They
only tell you about object structure, but you also need
to be able to "hook into" the message passing mechanism,
virtual memory, and so on.
BTW, a lot of people don't understand why an object can't
handle its own reflection. The problem is that a circle
object should "think" it is a circle, and not a bunch of
bytes in memory or on disk. That is, its message interface
(or protocol) should only include application level things.
Adding a system level interface to every single object
mixes up things that should be kept separate. So while
speciall reflection objects aren't really needed, they
are a very good style.
P.S. I am sending this from the local university, so it seems
that my ISP is the problem with sending to this list.
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