On 06/02/2017 12:50 PM, Robert Haas wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 3:36 AM, Michael Paquier
>> +    $pgnclass = 'PostgresNode' unless defined $pgnclass;
>> I'd rather leave any code of this kind for the module maintainers,
> Craig's proposal is a standard Perl idiom, though.

Would it not be even more idiomatic to have the class, if
present, be the first argument? That is:

  my $pgnclass = 'PostgresNode';
  $pgnclass = shift if 1 < scalar @_;
  my $name = shift;

That part's a little weird (an optional FIRST argument?) in order
to preserve compatibility with callers who don't pass a class.

But what it buys you is then if your MyExtraPGNode has PostgresNode
as a base, the familiar idiom


works, as it inserts the class as the first argument.

As a bonus, you then don't need to complicate get_new_node
with a test for (not ($node->isa("PostgresNode"))) because
if it weren't, it wouldn't have inherited get_new_node
so MyExtraPGNode->get_new_node('foo') would have failed.


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