toString ugliness

Jarrett Billingsley jarrett.billingsley at
Sun Dec 7 07:27:40 PST 2008

On Sun, Dec 7, 2008 at 7:12 AM, Ary Borenszweig <ary at> wrote:
>> definition of toString that does match.  Most of the time ADL leads to
>> confusing behavior, which is why it was dropped in D.
> But the overloading is obvious! It looks for toString(...) and it founds it
> in the class, but the overloading is wrong. So for me, it should keep
> looking in the enclosing scopes.

That's why I said "*most* of the time" ;)  I'll agree that it's a bit
counterintuitive, but I'd rather have the compiler be a little stupid
in this regard than to pay the price of unexpected function matches
for a little bit of convenience.

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