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From: Gennaro Prota (gennaro_prota_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-03-24 11:17:35

On Mon, 24 Mar 2003 07:24:38 -0500, David Abrahams
<dave_at_[hidden]> wrote:

>I don't think I've ever read a
>description of LSP which doesn't leave that question completely

I've never seen a formulation of LSP which was appliable to C++.

  "If for each object o1 of type S there is an object o2 of
   type T such that for all programs P defined in terms of T,
   the behavior of P is unchanged when o1 is substituted for
   o2 then S is a subtype of T."

Even a simple overloading of two functions (if we don't want to
disturb reference binding) seems to put it in serious trouble:

  void f(int) { something... }
  void f(short) { something else... }

  int main() {
      int i = 0;

This is a program defined "in terms of int". Can you substitute a
short 0 (zero) to i? Also, I've never understood how one can generally
("all programs") substitute an object (rather than a type) in a
program without modifying the program itself. Maybe that's just my
ignorance. And even modifying the program, what is the supposed
substitution LSP refers to in the above case?

a) int i = (short)0;

b) short i = 0;

When "o1 is substituted for o2"? Where? How?


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