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From: Ryan R Newton <newton@M...>
Subject: [Caml-list] Is there a compact syntax for masking methods in an inherit
Hello Camlers,

I've developed a liking for using multiple inheritacnce heavily as
follows:

When I'm working on a library (say, an evolutionary computation library,
or a distributed computing library), I'm real crazy about making
composable "plug-and-play" units of functionality rather than a
monolithic class hierarchy.  That is, I like to make a base class along
with small virtual "layer" classes.  I combine different features by
defining a new class which inherits from the base class and a subset of
the layer classes.

Is there a name for this sort of pattern?  Is it a horrible idea for
some reason?


Anyway, the point of this post is:  When inheriting the same method from
two sources, I quite reasonably get this message:

"Warning: the following methods are overriden by the inherited class:"

What's the best way to get rid of it?  (Without turning off all
warnings.)

Here's an example:

   class a =
   object (self)
     method f = 3
     method g = self#f * 3
   end

   class virtual b =
   object (self)
     method g = self#f * 4
   end

   class c =
   object
     inherit a
     inherit b  
     method h = 99
   end  

   Warning: the following methods are overriden by the inherited class: 
      g

Ideally, I'd like to make the overlap explicit and get rid of the
warning at the same time by typing something like:

      inherit a without g

Any ideas? 


--Ryan Newton




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