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One of my favourite languages, Pop-11, does it in quite a nice way. You define a separate subroutine for the lvalue side - known as an updater.

For example, a function to access and update the second element of a linked list can be written in Pop-11 like this:

define second(list); hd(tl(list)) enddefine; define updaterof second(value, list); value -> hd(tl(list)) enddefine; vars list; [a b c d] -> list; second(list) => ** b 42 -> second(list); second(list) => ** 42 list => ** [a 42 c d]

All the advantages of writing separate setter/getter functions without the noise (as I see it) in the function names.

In Pop-11 lvalues are poorly named, since they appear on the right! Doing value -> something in Pop-11 is the same as something = value in perl.

I find it reads well (something goes into something else) and it also solves that whole "confusing = with ==" problem.


In reply to Re^2: lvalue considered harmful... by adrianh
in thread Tutorial: Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming by jreades

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