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Date: 2001-04-23 (10:09)
From: Jan Skibinski <jans@n...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] OCaml related article

On Mon, 23 Apr 2001, Xavier Leroy wrote:

> .. and since Smalltalk
> has cleaner, more restrictive dynamic semantics than Perl, it could
> actually be useful in finding errors.

	I believe the other motivations are: to improve on documentation
	(consistent naming policy is often not enough since it's tough to
	enforce it in a consistent and yet readable way) to ease a
	process of learning of a third party code and, first of all, to
	have a tool helping to identify/create some sort of modular
	structures within a given image.

	To elaborate a bit on the last point:
	As far as I know, inheritance is often being overused - resulting
	in some artificial relashionships, which create some delivery
	problems: how does one reduce the image size without removing
	one class or one method too many? This is often a lengthy
	post-mortem exercise - even though Smalltalk has variety of
	excellent tools to help with such tasks. 



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