[e-lang] Patch (0.8.28e): Removing ValueGuard#getName/0
kpreid at attglobal.net
Sat Jul 10 16:26:32 EDT 2004
On Jul 10, 2004, at 15:56, Dean Tribble wrote:
> Kevin Reid wrote:
>> See <http://www.eros-os.org/pipermail/e-lang/2004-April/009807.html>
>> for context.
>> This patch removes all occurrences of ValueGuard#getName/0 and
>> replaces them with the regular printing system (__printOn/1, etc.).
>> It has not been thoroughly tested.
> I think that one should not rely on printOn to produce a
> computer-usable output. Thus, this replacement only makes sense for
> circumstances in which the value was printed. It does not make sense
> for the callers that were trying to get a precise value assocaited
> with the ValueGuard.
Is getName/0 ever used to get 'a computer-usable output' now? I do not
recall finding any such usage when I searched the source to produce
Are there plans to do so in the future?
Surely __optUncall is a better solution for that purpose, as using a
string result would require that the caller and the target agree on the
scope to be used?
> Guard#getName/0 should probably go away, and its uses replaced with
> either __printOn/1 or Data-E serialization, both of which handle
> The use which originally motivated it is found in
> MessageDesc#printDescOn/1, which is used in displaying on-line help.
Kevin Reid <http://homepage.mac.com/kpreid/>
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