digitalmars.D - Function call syntax.
- so <so so.do> Jan 05 2011
Hello, I used to be able to find cases that make "object.function(parameters)" syntax rather expressive comparing to the obvious alternative. In a language without name resolution and namespace/module capabilities this still solves some problems. But, in D, do we really need this? IMO this syntax suitable only for fields and properties. 3 cases: 1. fields and properties object.field; 2. function with no parameters. function(object); object.function(); 3. function with parameters. function(object, parameters); object.function(parameters); // the only compelling argument against normal syntax. D has UFCS, with its shortcomings. I like it but IMO it solves a problem that shouldn't be in the language at the first place. I know this is yet another religious thing for some but unifying function call syntax opens many doors to generic programming (no UFCS doesn't cut it). -- Using Opera's revolutionary email client: http://www.opera.com/mail/
Jan 05 2011