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Chris Prather
March 7, 2011 16:34
Re: Revising Perl's OO docs - a new OO tutorial
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On Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 6:56 PM, Jan Dubois <> wrote:
> On Mon, 07 Mar 2011, Chris Prather wrote:
>> In my opinion you're moving from dangerous to useless at best. I feel
>> that the *semantics* of this syntax are confusing. They confuse method
>> dispatch with assignment*.
> I disagree.

Fine. Let's agree to disagree.

Yes there are lots of other languages that have different default.
It's yet another reason why I feel uncomfortable using them. Perl has
over a decade of using standard method dispatching for accessors for
what are largely technical reasons. It doesn't change the fact that my
opinion is what it is, and I felt it should be stated in this thread
because it's caused *me* psychological confusion in the past when
moving between Perl, Javascript, Java and more esoteric languages.

>> Suggesting that encapsulation is a bad thing, or even an undesirable
>> thing is the "horrible idea". Especially for the beginners that the
>> advantages of a $obj->attr = $x syntax would primarily benefit.
> Nobody suggested that encapsulation is a bad thing, so I call strawman here.

I was trying to clarify what I felt was a misunderstanding Ric had
about my initial objections which were centered around a perception or
opinion of *mine* that this syntax leads to violation of


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