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I sure would like to have a way for $obj->method=$foo; be the same as $obj->method($foo);

Oh ... that just looks horrible. You're creating a syntax that has side-effects that aren't obvious from reading the code. Then again, the entire lvalue thing is ... it's just plain stupid, in my opinion. Function calls that, depending on if they're being assigned to, will behave one way or another. And, frankly, unless you bring a lot of outside knowledge to the table, you don't know which ones can do it and which ones can't.

lvalue subs work in Javascript because Javascript is built to treat methods and attributes identically - it's a slot-based OO language like Self. And, I still have problems with the entire concept. It assumes that I, the programmer, don't need to know what is data and what is behavior. I may not want to know it at times, but I would certainly like to be able to know it, if I want to see the difference.

Perl5 is not like Self. Perl5 is like C. Perl6 may be more like Self, in which case lvalue subs will be built into the language and they will work and they will work just fine. I have complete faith in Larry, Damian, et al that they will not screw this up. But, C does not have lvalue functions. C++ doesn't have lvalue functions.

You know what - lvalue mutators just seem wrong to me. What's the client doing screwing around inside the object's internals? That's what lvalue mutators mean you to do ...

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In reply to Re^7: Experimenting with Lvalue Subs by dragonchild
in thread Experimenting with Lvalue Subs by Limbic~Region

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