in reply to Idea on a Base class API
I worry that you're combining the worst aspects of C/C++
(convoluted syntax) and Perl (flexability that gets you into
trouble when you use the wrong option). One of the
cornerstone ideas of Perl is that new tools are optional, and
hence can only add to understanding. It seems like there's
just an awful lot of overhead, involving a lot of syntax, to
get the work done. The API doesn't mesh with Perl's
shallow learning curve.
For example, defining data type values for each attribute
painfully reminds me of C data types. I'd rather have an
API that did the work for me-- the API isn't serving the
programmer if the programmer does all their work in the
function arguments. For example, you could figure out
most data types via the get() and set() functions. If you
want to set an object "strict", the object could warn (or
prohibit) when an old reference value was changed to a
scalar, for example.
I think you need to plan this from a totally different
mindset. Don't start from, "This is what C++ says classes
are-- how do I implement that?" Start from, "What's the
easiest, cleanest way for the programmer to implement
classes, and what API serves that purpose best?"