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Date: 2005-03-24 (10:33)
From: Jacques Garrigue <garrigue@m...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Object Attribute Accessor Syntax Extension
From: Alex Baretta <>
> Jacques Garrigue wrote:
> > It may also be nice to have another small extension, so that
> >         o#f <- expr
> > would be handled as
> >         o#set_f <- (expr)
> Doesn't this look dangerously similar to C++? Let us not turn to the 
> Dark Side of object orientation...

I just took the syntax from ruby.
Note that both in ocaml and ruby, you cannot access directly object
fields, so the above syntax is not ambiguous: it can only be syntactic
sugar for a method call.
This is not to be mixed with overloading of assignment in C++, which
changes the semantics of an existing operator.

Jacques Garrigue