[squeak-dev] Re: Object>>#is:? (was: Re: PackageDependencyTest)

Stéphane Rollandin lecteur at zogotounga.net
Thu Mar 4 20:57:00 UTC 2010

Le 04/03/2010 21:42, Juan Vuletich a écrit :
> Stéphane Rollandin wrote:
>> ...
>> let's now consider MySpecializedMorph, a subclass of MyMorph that I
>> *do not* want to be considered as MyMorph:
>> is: aSymbol
>>      (super is: aSymbol and: [aSymbol =~ #MyMorph])
>>          or: [aSymbol == #MySpecializedMorph]) ifTrue: [^ true].
>>      ^ false
>> see the problem ?
> Yes, I see it. As I see it, #is: is for asking about conformance to a
> certain protocol. And your MySpecializedMorph does know what protocols
> it conforms. So it can implement something like:
> is: aSymbol
>      aSymbol == #Morph ifTrue: [^true].
>      aSymbol == #MySpecializedMorph ifTrue: [^true].
>      ^false

ok; but then if we want to add another protocol true for all Morphs, we 
will have to go back to MySpecializedMorph>>#is: to add it there. as I 
say in another parallel message, if this new protocol belongs to another 
package, that makes #is: an immediate source of conflict between packages.

#is: becomes an attractor, a fixed point for all protocols, dispatched 
on all classes and having to support all packages. it's another form of 
the God class: it's the God method for protocols. this is not OOP as I 
understand (and practice) it.



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