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

Alejandro F. Reimondo aleReimondo at smalltalking.net
Wed Dec 9 12:32:31 UTC 2009

Hi Ronald,

We have another choice.
We can complement the use of classification with other delegation schemas.
That way we do not need to choose between white and black;
 and can to use all the colors :-)


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ronald Spengler" <ron.spengler at gmail.com>
To: "The general-purpose Squeak developers list" 
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Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2009 2:04 AM
Subject: Re: [squeak-dev] Re: How about... something completely different? 
(Re: Re: On traits composition)

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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