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Re: Re: Re: Prototypes allow overloading subs?

by Arrowhead (Monk)
on Dec 05, 2002 at 14:49 UTC ( #217771=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Re: Prototypes allow overloading subs?
in thread Prototypes allow overloading subs?

In my opinion the perceived "need" for this feature comes from too much attachment to the perfectly ordinary method name "new". Once you realize that not all factory/constructor methods have to be called "new", things become much clearer.
my $person = People->new()->etc... ... my $himagain = People->restore($id);
Other useful constructor names can be "new_from_file", "new_named", etc. That way, particularly when the arguments are called $a, $b, $c, you'll have documented what the (sometimes quite substantial) differences are between all the overloaded "new" methods.

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