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Re^3: Moose and default values

by 7stud (Deacon)
on Feb 22, 2013 at 00:06 UTC ( #1020021=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Moose and default values
in thread Moose and default values

The Moose cabal aren't especially big fans of initializers, and consider them to be a bit of a misfeature,

Why is that? The only thing I can find is the following from Moose::Manual:BestPractices:

Don't use the initializer feature

Don't know what we're talking about? That's fine.
Uh, okay, but I do know what you are talking about. The manual's reasoning for that best practice doesn't quite rise to the level of a Damian Conway best practice.

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Re^4: Moose and default values
by tobyink (Abbot) on Feb 22, 2013 at 11:41 UTC

    "Why is that?"

    Good question. I wasn't sure myself. I seem to recall RJBS saying that initializers were his first ever contribution to Moose, but that he regretted ever adding them.

    The best reasons I could come up with were:

    • It leads to inconsistent behaviour when an attribute value is set via the constructor versus a writer method. (Of course, this isn't an issue for read-only attributes.)

    • Initializers can't be inlined whereas type coercions can be partly compiled into a more efficient form, and have potential for improvement.

    Having asked in #moose, I've had the following additional suggestions:

    • The initializer isn't called until after type constraints have been checked, so initializers don't work for one of the main use cases you'd expect them to be useful for: to munge values to conform to their type constraints.

    • (I'll add to this list when I receive more responses from IRC.)

    package Cow { use Moo; has name => (is => 'lazy', default => sub { 'Mooington' }) } say Cow->new->name

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