the monopoly of classes
Joshua 'Schwa' Gargus
schwa at cc.gatech.edu
Fri May 23 02:45:05 UTC 2003
On Thu, May 22, 2003 at 07:50:19PM -0500, Aaron J Reichow wrote:
> On Fri, 23 May 2003, Andreas Raab wrote:
> > BTW, I am very seriously considering doing exactly that - get rid of the
> > "visibility" of class object in favour of a global context. That this could
> > be implemented by setting the superclass pointer of a "root class" to the
> > environment object in order to make the lookup of the "global functions"
> > more efficient is a completely different issue.
> At the end of the day, what real benefit would this provide? It'd be an
> interesting trick, yes. But would it be modifiable by any developer?
> Since it is Smalltalk, I assume it would be. If this invisible root class
> was modifiable- methods able to be added, removed or changed by
> developers, what woudl be the point to hide it?
I'm guessing that the point is to be able to pick up any object and
drop it in a different environment with different rules. I'm curious
to hear more.
> Aaron Reichow :: UMD ACM Pres :: http://www.d.umn.edu/~reic0024/
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> between chasing cream and chasing dreams" :: atmosphere
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