|Java static binding for parameters and covariance/contravariance email@example.com (Lujop) (2004-11-19)|
|Re: Java static binding for parameters and covariance/contravariance firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Bodden) (2004-11-20)|
|Re: Java static binding for parameters and covariance/contravariance email@example.com (2004-11-20)|
|Re: Java static binding for parameters and covariance/contravariance firstname.lastname@example.org (Dmitry A. Kazakov) (2004-11-20)|
|Re: Java static binding for parameters and covariance/contravariance email@example.com (Lujop) (2004-11-26)|
|Re: Java static binding for parameters and covariance/contravariance firstname.lastname@example.org (2004-11-26)|
|Re: Java static binding for parameters and covariance/contravariance email@example.com (Ivan Boldyrev) (2004-11-28)|
|Date:||19 Nov 2004 00:53:07 -0500|
|Posted-Date:||19 Nov 2004 00:53:06 EST|
I don't know if this is a little offtopic because is more a language
question, but like languages and compilers are related to... Well,
it's nice to have a moderator to decide this ;)
I'm writing a compiler for a pseudocode language that also has to work
as a translator to Java code. Then I am limited to Java features
(extensions like multijava can't be applied)
Please excuse me if I don't use the correct terms, I'm not an expert
in object oriented langauges. And also my english isn't very good.
Java uses static binding for parameters. And only uses overriding when
the signature of the method is the same (This is the invariant way,
I think that the best way is to be able to use dynamic binding for
parameters like (MultiJava extension) allows. But I can't do this
because the restriction to generate Java code.
Then my problem is that I thinked to use a contravariant way for
parameters in my language. And don't allow to "overwrite" the method
m(A) in class B with method m(B) where B<=A.
And only allow to override parameters methods in a contravariant way.
I think that this is less powerful, but it's more clear than Java and
less error prone. Because in java when you "override" m(A) whith m(B),
you are overloading (not overriding) and I think that is very confuse,
and isn't very util, and very error prone. In fact Effective Java from
one of Java library architects has a norm that says that you don't have
Then, my question is. What do you think that's better? What Java
does, or what I proposed? Can you give my some readings about it? Are
my terms correct (refering to covariance,contravariance and
A lot of thanks in advance,
PD1: I think that the better way is the covariant way like multijava
allows, but I can't use it.
PD2: My language is for didactic purpouses. Then as less error prone as
it can be better.
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