[squeak-dev] Re: How about... something completely different? (Re: Re: On traits composition)

Ronald Spengler ron.spengler at gmail.com
Wed Dec 9 05:04:54 UTC 2009

Hey, while we're at it: what if we threw out classes and used
prototypes instead?



(sorry!) :P

On Tuesday, December 8, 2009, K. K. Subramaniam <subbukk at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wednesday 09 December 2009 07:38:31 am Josh Gargus wrote:
>> n Dec 8, 2009, at 4:08 PM, Andreas Raab wrote:
>> > Hi Göran -
>> >
>> > Unbelievable. You basically just described the very idea that started
>> > this whole traits thing. When Nathanael worked with us at Disney, the
>> > traits direction came out of discussions where we wanted him to think
>> > precisely along the lines you're describing. My original thoughts on this
>> > matter was that I wanted to have something more like (biological) cells -
>> > entities that are made up of smaller things (objects), that have an
>> > inside and an outside (made up of other objects instead of abstractions
>> > like the interface/implementation distinction), that forward signals
>> > (messages) to the appropriate receptors etc.
>> Ted and Ian at VPRI recently wrote short notes on this topic:
>> http://www.vpri.org/pdf/m2009014_membrane.pdf     (Ted)
> How is this different from a "Bus" (e.g. D-Bus) -  an active container where
> objects can connect to a receptor, seek other objects, get an object
> instantiated (if necessary), communicate with them and disconnect. Objects
> retain their autonomy and gain the ability to collaborate with peer objects
> across an active container.
> Subbu


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