Stuart Cook <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> On 11/08/05, Larry Wall <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > I'll have to think about the rest of your proposal, but I was suddenly
> > struck with the thought that our "platonic" Class objects are really
> > forms of undef:
> > say defined IO; # prints 0
> > That is, we already have an object of type IO that doesn't really
> > have a value yet. And maybe that's the real difference between the
> > class object and the metaclass object. And maybe we can reason
> > about objects of type IO without worrying about the definedness,
> > if all classes already include their own personal undef.
> Wow, that's crazy enough to actually work!
> This approach has a few nice properties:
One that you missed was that this syntax:
my Dog $spot .=new();
Falls out of it quite naturally.
On the other hand, there are other things that don't work quite so well:
my Dog $spot;
$spot.can('bark'); # Not until he's instantiated...
On the gripping hand, maybe you should have to ask the metaclass about
Brent 'Dax' Royal-Gordon <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Perl and Parrot hacker