Modular At-Names

David Herman dherman at
Fri Oct 12 14:22:39 PDT 2012

On Oct 12, 2012, at 12:45 PM, Kevin Smith <khs4473 at> wrote:

> Also, I should mention a couple of things:
> 1.  This design essentially paves the cowpath trod with underscore-prefixed property names, adding the desired property of conflict elimination.

Yes, although I don't take the "private, who needs it?" attitude as easily as you do. Not saying it's wrong, but I'm not 100% convinced yet. Anyway, still mulling, as I say.

> 2.  If "System" is a built-in *module instance*, and the @iterator symbol is defined internally within that module as:
>     sym @iterator = ""; // Or perhaps more likely a uuid...
> Then we have exactly the desired syntax that we're looking for:
>     import @iterator from System; // no funky "@belch" URLs!!
>     class C {
>       @iterator() { ... }
>     }

Doesn't this have the same problem you were arguing against in your previous message, that if you want to import 37 names, you have to name them all individually?


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