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From: Dave Abrahams (abrahams_at_[hidden])
Date: 2000-01-02 19:17:15

> I also think that there are situations where chaining may be very handy.
> Turning back to my version of 'rectangle' class, with a function calls
> chaining you may write something like
> r.left( 10 ).right( 20 ).top( 5 ).bottom( 10 );
> instead
> r.assign( 10, 5, 20, 10 );
> I know that this looks like a Smalltalk code =), but I think it's very
> convenient to write something like that - first, because you don't have to
> remember the order of arguments in 'assign' method and, second, because it's
> more flexible - you can assign values to any of fourth properties and these
> assignments look as an atomic operation (with a semantic point of view). The
> latter seems to be important quite often. Do you agree?

Cute. I could be convinced...


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