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Now, one thing I would be careful of is over-compartmentalizing. One thing I hate about reading other people's OO code is that I have to trace 10 function calls just to find out who's doing what.

I think this is in part related to the way OO works with inheritance. It's basically a good thing, because code is located at the "correct" level if you do your OO design right. But like you say, it's a burden on the programmer to see what's actually happening where.

And like I mentioned in my previous post, one solution is Class Browsers that provide a coherent view of what methods and properties are available (i.e. the interface) in a class, regardless of where they are physically/inheritance-wise implemented.

For example, in the Eiffel programming environment (uh, correction, when I did Eiffel in school five years ago :), there is the option to provide a "flattened" class, with all the inherited code in one single source file.

Actually, I thought that was such a good ide that I created a module Pod::Class::Flattened to flatten POD comments (I use POD a lot myself) for a class with parent classes. It's not yet publicly available, but maybe if this sounds like someting that would be interesting to more people...


In reply to Re: Re: To sub or not to sub, that is the question? by jplindstrom
in thread To sub or not to sub, that is the question? by tachyon

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