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Re^2: Refactoring Perl #8 - Replace Method with Method Objectby agianni (Hermit)
|on Nov 16, 2007 at 14:18 UTC
Interesting, I was unaware of such a formal definition of a method object; I was simply following Fowler's lead. I'm not sure he was referring to method objects in that sense. Now that you bring it up, though, that's an interesting programming concept. Looking around, I found this interesting paper on the topic of writing functors in Perl. I imagine that Class::Prototyped would be useful in implementing this in Perl
Like Fowler's example, though, mine is also probably too simple to show the usefulness of this refactoring pattern, under which the use of a functor or the like would actually be useful. As I go through Fowler's refactoring patterns, I find that many of them are perfectly applicable to non-OO Perl. In fact, the example I gave in my follow-up about CPAN modules does just that.
I most often employ this pattern when I am trying to avoid the blob anti-pattern and I want to get a bunch of related methods out of my class. It can also be useful if I'm working in an OO framework and I want to swap in a different class. I would implement it like this:
Then when I'm sub-classing in my framework, I can override package to provide the name of the package I want to actually use. This will generally be a sub-class or sibling of Some::Package and have the same interface.