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Re^3: Good use for prototypes. On methods no less!

by thargas (Deacon)
on Jun 05, 2012 at 12:09 UTC ( #974439=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Good use for prototypes. On methods no less!
in thread Good use for prototypes. On methods no less!

OK. If you're considering this in the context of novice users, I would say, please don't do this. The error you get is going to be misleading:

Too many arguments for Thing::hack at ./proto-method line 16, near "1) +" Execution of ./proto-method aborted due to compilation errors.

If your goal is to help novice users, this seems to me not to be the a good idea, as the error says nothing about the actual problem. I don't think that this idea will help anyone, except in the sense that calling the method as a function will fail, unless they pass it no args.

Sorry. I've got no alternative suggestion, but I don't like this idea.

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Re^4: Good use for prototypes. On methods no less!
by polymorpheus (Novice) on Jun 05, 2012 at 13:04 UTC

    Good point about novices. If the error message actually said "method called as a function" then it might be nice.

    I think I will give up on this one. Thanks for all the feedback!

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