The Final(ize) Challenge

Jarrett Billingsley jarrett.billingsley at
Mon May 18 16:03:40 PDT 2009

On Mon, May 18, 2009 at 6:54 PM, Christopher Wright <dhasenan at> wrote:
> Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
>> I think you need to operate exclusively with string mixins in Finalize, so
>> __ident would be of marginal help there. Also, static foreach is much more
>> necessary.
> That is a huge problem.
> Let's say that the class you want to finalize, Target, has a method like
> this:
> void foo(SomeClass){}
> Let's say that SomeClass is private and in the same module as Target.
> You *may* be able to do this with templates. Probably.
> You *can never* do this with a string mixin.

Exactly.  This is one of the problems I mentioned earlier, and I know
Andrei's got experience with this as well - std.algorithm doesn't
import std.math by default, so you can't use math functions in the
string expressions.  Oh sure, you could kludge that in there, but it's
far from scalable.

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