On 13 Apr 2012, at 00:18, Kyle Sluder wrote:
> On Apr 12, 2012, at 4:05 AM, Ian Joyner <email@hidden> wrote:
>> Part of my unease is that the disambiguation in other languages I have seen (like Java) occurs in the code all over the place, particularly with com.mikeash.Array. Really, the dots (.), might look like some kind of multi-level name, but in actual fact are just part of a longer name.
>> A single point of decision would be much cleaner, like a single piece of meta syntax saying
>> use array from com.mikeash
>> or with renaming
>> use array from com.mikeash as maarray
> This is covered in my proposal by using namespace scopes. You add "@using com.mikeash" to the top of the file and now naked references to Array resolve to com.mikeash.Array. Or to avoid clashes you use "@using com.mikeash = ma" and now you can use ma.Array.
Interesting. Thanks for all your work and leading a very reasoned discussion Kyle.
I think one important principle to address is Parnas's Information Hiding. (A lot of C++ people just believe that is hiding variables behind get and set routines, but in fact it is more about implementation details of a module not leaking over to others). Do namespaces keep modules really independent or introduce coupling and dependencies between modules? I ask that because I really don't know the answer.
A final point. Maybe we think of modules too much in terms of dividing programs into files. I find files an artificial concept that constrains our thinking. In fact modules really are much higher-level more abstract in nature. I know a lot of languages equate module with file, but I think we need to decouple this.
I say this because I still think that the information carried in the @using directive could somehow be external to a module and thus a file.
Sorry, I'm not trying to be difficult, just throw in a few ideas to think about.
Thanks for the discussion.
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