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Re^6: Object Constructors - Advice of experienced OO Perl Monks

by izut (Chaplain)
on Oct 06, 2005 at 16:36 UTC ( #497989=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^5: Object Constructors - Advice of experienced OO Perl Monks
in thread Object Constructors - Advice of experienced OO Perl Monks

The point is that two steps initialization is error prone. You can avoid that using the Composite scheme: class A has B and C class instead of class A is B and C class.

Update: Extracted from perltoot:

In practice, few class modules have been seen that actually make use of MI. One nearly always chooses simple containership of one class within another over MI. That’s why our Person object contained a Fullname object. That doesn’t mean it was one.


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Re^7: Object Constructors - Advice of experienced OO Perl Monks
by Perl Mouse (Chaplain) on Oct 06, 2005 at 16:46 UTC
    The fact that MI is quite hard to do in Perl, and considering that most authors make it even harder might also be an not insignificant reason why you don't see many modules making use of MI.

    But I'm not saying you should use MI. I'm just saying it's impolite to make it harder for others to use MI. The harder you make it for others to do things (for instance, setting magical variables without using local, not using name spaces, writing code that isn't cross-platform), the less useful your code is.

    Let's not forget the question of the OP: Are there any limits on what you can/can't or should/shouldn't put into a constructor?. An answer to that question is don't put initialization of your object in the constructor, because it makes it harder to do MI.

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