"parent* = lobby" considered harmful

Jan-Paul Bultmann janpaulbultmann at me.com
Mon Dec 27 21:49:20 UTC 2010

After spending some though on deepfreezing objects (pickling in python and serializing in java) and in the course of the discussion about deep copies,
I came to the opinion that there should be no object holding the lobby as parent except for the world.
It is like importing everything in any other language. Like doing import * or include<*.h>.
In self a parent is seen as a part of the object that can be reused. But needs an object all prototypes at all time? And should all the prototypes really be globals :)?
So that we not only reference the objects we really need leads to the problem that we don't know its true foundation. We could easily deep copy it when it only referenced them, because the object graph would contain exactly the objects it needed to work in every world, without taking the entire world with it. It wouldn't know about the others anyway.

I like the way mixins are used, you have to explicitly demand them. Other objects and especially prototypes should be handled the same way. You reference them explicitly only if you need them, say in a "import*" parent object (if you don't want them to mess your object) and not via the lobby by name. Since slots are created in the context of the lobby you could easily add a slot and do "gasTank = gasTank"

Any thoughts :D?

Cheers Jan

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