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M.J.T. Guy
March 20, 2000 02:16
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Apart from the dialogue between Ilya and myself, noone has commented
on my AUTOLOADREF proposal.    Is everyone

   rendered speechless by the brilliance of the proposal?
   rendered speechless by the stupidity of the proposal?
   unable to see beyond the 5.6.0 event horizon?
   gone off to work on Python?
   still unconscious after St Patrick's Day?

I'd like to hear comments from some others before I do any more on this.

Ilya's and my ideas seem to be very similar, with two relatively minor
(as I see it) differences:

i)   Should there be one subroutine, with flags, (as I propose) or
     different subroutines for the different cases (compile time versus
     run time etc) (as Ilya proposes)?

ii)  Should the subroutine have a visible name, e.g. AUTOLOADREF (as I
     propose) or some "hidden" name containing unusual characters as
     Ilya proposes?

Opinions on these choices would be welcome.

And of course, there's an opportunity for a good ding-dong battle on the
choice of name.

Mike Guy

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