simple modules

ihab.awad at ihab.awad at
Mon Feb 1 19:25:03 PST 2010

On Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 10:09 PM, Allen Wirfs-Brock
<Allen.Wirfs-Brock at> wrote:
>>   import X as ...;
>>   import Y as ...;
>>   function f1() { /* operate on the authorities of 'X' */ }
>>   function f2() { /* operate on the authorities of 'Y' */ }
>> In this fashion, I cannot limit, via lexical scope, that f1 operates
>> on X but not Y, and that f2 operates on Y but not X.
> But the above four lines are all in the same module, that is in the same unit of source code.

Yes, but there's a difference. Consider the following:

   import X as x;
   import Y as y;
   function f1() { /* deeply nested structure */ }
   function f2() { /* deeply nested structure */ }

It is very difficult to tell whether f1() limits its authority to
using X, and f2() to using Y. Now consider:

   import X as x;
   import Y as y;
   (import 'f1')({ x: x });
   (import 'f2')({ y: y });

This is much clearer. Alternatively:

   import X as x;
   import Y as y;
   module f1(x) { /* deeply nested structure */ }
   module f1(y) { /* deeply nested structure */ }
   f1({ x: x });
   f2({ y: y });

achieves the same purpose, given that the 'module' keyword cuts the
lexical scope.

Absent syntactic bikeshedding (for which there will be plenty of time
:) ...) what I'm trying to show here is that a good module system
*helps* you divide up your lexical scope.


Ihab A.B. Awad, Palo Alto, CA

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