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From: Alessandro Baretta <alex@b...>
Subject: [Caml-list] Recursive classes are impossible?
 > Due to the typing system it is more or less impossible to
 > derive recursive classes in O'Caml. To get around this, it
 > is common practice to put the modifiable or extensible
 > part of recursive objects into parallel objects.
<http://www.ocaml-programming.de/packages/documentation/pxp/manual/x550.html#AEN582>

Hmmm... Now I am no object specialist, but this sounds a 
little weird to me. Now, let's see, doesn't the following 
code show that recursive classes are indeed possible in 
O'Caml? Or have I completely misunderstood what is meant by 
recursive object?

class ['a] broccoli =
	object (s)
	val mutable portion = None;
	method set (x:'a option) = portion <- x
end;;

let broccolo = new broccoli in
	broccolo#set (Some new broccoli);;

let broccolo = new broccoli in
	broccolo#set (Some broccolo);;

Sorry for mentioning broccoli, but it seemed appropriate 
given the recursive nature of their geometry.

Alex

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