clear() and UFCS

Alex Rønne Petersen alex at
Wed May 30 05:15:23 PDT 2012

On 30-05-2012 08:43, Jonathan M Davis wrote:
> On Friday, May 25, 2012 15:04:16 Alex Rønne Petersen wrote:
>> So I was writing a container class and in some test code, I called
>> container.clear(). Reasonable enough, right? Hell, it even compiled!
>> Turns out, my program completely broke at runtime. Apparently, I'd
>> forgotten to implement clear() on my container class, and
>> *object.clear() was being called instead*.
>> I don't blame UFCS for this. It just happened to be the reason this
>> compiled at all. But, what I do think is: clear is the *ABSOLUTELY MOST
>> HORRIBLE NAME EVER* for a function that actually finalizes and zeroes an
>> object. Did it not seem obvious to call it, I don't know, *finalize*?
>> And even ignoring the naming, having a symbol called clear in the
>> 'global' namespace is absolute insanity.
>> Am I the only person with this opinion?


Alex Rønne Petersen
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