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Re: Lucent Technologies & Sun Microsystems
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- Subject: Re: Lucent Technologies & Sun Microsystems
- From: Greg Kochanski <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Without speaking for anyone else, I've fallen off the OO bandwagon for several reasons: 1) Relatively few parts of computer programs are well represented as objects. While most parts of computer programs *can* be represented as objects, most objects don't offer much simplification. My test for whether an object is appropriate is "Does turning X into an object allow for shorter, simpler documentation that is easier to remember?" Often, the answer is no; there are many horrible examples of 'classes' that are merely bags full of loosely related functions. The objects that always pass that test are character strings, lists, arrays, hash tables, and one or two others. Limbo has all but hash tables and FIFOs. It should be noted that character string classes in C++ usually fail the test, because you usually have to know too much of the internal workings in one special case or another. 2) OO programming styles spatter information all over the place. A class is not defined anywhere specific; one has to hop around looking at all the class definitions of members and superclasses. This means that (in a heavily OO program) you might have to understand a dozen classes to see what a particular bit of code does. That being said, I'd like to see constructors and maybe single inheritance in Limbo.