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ImplicitThis - Syntactical Sugar for OO Methods


  use ImplicitThis; ImplicitThis::imply();

  sub new {
    my $type = shift;
    my %args = @_;
    # must be blessed hash object
    bless { 
      foo => $args{'foo'},
      bar => $args{'bar'},
    }, $type;

  sub my_accessor {
    # $this is read for us. $bar is aliased to $this->{'bar'}, similiar for $foo

  sub _another_accessor {
    # this will die if called from something not derived from our package


  Methods in OO Perl receive "$this" without having to read it.
  Instance field variables are accessable by name instead of having to
  dereference the hash ref. Privicy is enforced for methods starting with
  an understore.


  This emulates other OO languages, such as Java and C++, where the compiler
  implicitly and invisibly passes "this" as the first argument of each method
  call. While Perl passes this argument invisibly, you must manually write
  code to read it. Java and C++ also discover, at compile time, rather a
  variable is an instance variable or a static variable, without you needing
  to distinguish them using special syntax. We remove the extra syntax, but
  this is learned at run time, not compile time. Unlike, this code
  is likely to have a noticable impact on performance of code that uses OO
  accessors heavily.

  ImplicitThis::imply() places a thin wrapper is placed around methods in your 
  object. *this{SCALAR}
  is a reference to a lexical we've shifted off the argument list.
  Aliases are created for each key in %$this to itself value in the
  same way.

  While this module works fine for me, your milage may very: it has not
  been extensively tested.

  Similar to However, we're pure Perl, and _no_ additional
  syntax is introduced. 
  Blah blah blah.




Does anyone know how to hand the CPU back after we finish loading, but take it again when whomever used us finishes loading?

Doesn't work with strict on without doing "use vars" on each field member. Bummer.

Not sure which version of perl is the minimum required.

May confuse highly introspective perl, like anything Damian Conway might write.

Does not work correctly when instance variables are tied: the alias doesn't currently take on the tiedness. In some cases, tie $alias, ref $this->{$alias} would do the trick. This would fail on limited resources and when tie requires arguments.


Just a cheep knock-off of by Gurusamy Sarathy.

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