From: Thorsten Ottosen (nesotto_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-11-17 10:03:38
"David B. Held" <dheld_at_[hidden]> wrote in message
| Thorsten Ottosen wrote:
| > [...]
| > Currently it is really a pain in the *** to have an object with many
| > arguments. Your library makes that managable; but I argue
| > functions with many arguments should be refactored since their level of
| > abstraction is getting too low; allowing many default arguments
| > juat makes the situation worse.
| You keep saying that, but I wonder if you actually have to write any
| real-world code, or if perhaps you are simply an academic?
A have experience with both kinds of code (how you define the difference, I
don't know) and have worked with multiple languages that
allows default arguments.
| I have
| many instances of functions with numerous arguments for which I offer
| no apology and would resist any attempt by you or anyone else to
| refactor into functions with fewer arguments.
but you would rather refactor into using named parameters?
| There is such a thing as
| too much abstraction.
perhaps. If you mean having private data and public function in classes
without an invariant, I agree.
| Next you will go around insisting that everyone
| uses your int wrapper which automatically detects overflow.
I'm not insisting that you must refactor you N parameter function; I'm merely
chances are that it can be done and that it can improve the overall quality of
If you refuse to refactor your code, then so be it.
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