188.8.131.52 Properties of the objects.fs model
- It is straightforward to pass objects on the stack. Passing
selectors on the stack is a little less convenient, but possible.
- Objects are just data structures in memory, and are referenced by their
address. You can create words for objects with normal defining words
constant. Likewise, there is no difference between instance
variables that contain objects and those that contain other data.
- Late binding is efficient and easy to use.
- It avoids parsing, and thus avoids problems with state-smartness
and reduced extensibility; for convenience there are a few parsing
words, but they have non-parsing counterparts. There are also a few
defining words that parse. This is hard to avoid, because all standard
defining words parse (except
:noname); however, such
words are not as bad as many other parsing words, because they are not
- It does not try to incorporate everything. It does a few things and does
them well (IMO). In particular, this model was not designed to support
information hiding (although it has features that may help); you can use
a separate package for achieving this.
- It is layered; you don't have to learn and use all features to use this
model. Only a few features are necessary (see Basic Objects Usage,
see The Objects base class, see Creating objects.), the others
are optional and independent of each other.
- An implementation in ANS Forth is available.