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A discussion on p5p the past day, lead me to a new insight that I would like to share with you. An insight that attempting to reduce a problem to a single set of lines, may sometimes backfire on you.

The problem can be shown by running the following lines:

my $foo = Foo->new; print "foo is".($foo->isa( 'Bar' ) ? '' : ' _not_')." a Bar\n"; package Bar; package Foo; @Foo::ISA = qw(Bar); sub new { bless {},shift } __END__ $foo is _not_ a Bar

You might wonder why does not produce the expected "$foo is a Bar" string.

It actually was Hugo van der Sanden on p5p who gave the solution, so I can't take any credit for that. The reason why: @Foo::ISA = qw(Bar) doesn't get executed until after the print with the ->isa check is executed. So at that time, the Foo package was indeed not yet inheriting from Bar.

As I said on p5p, this is when you realize that objects are bolted onto Perl 5.

And thus ends my meditation for today.

Liz


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