[Israel.pm] Design Question

Shmuel Fomberg semuelf at 012.net.il
Mon Nov 24 14:15:06 PST 2008

Hi All.

I've been thinking about it, (and about Omer's proposal. Oh, and of 
course the code is in Perl) and maybe I don't need to change the design 
so much. Maybe I just need to change calls like:
$child->_action($data, ...)
$parser->_action($child, $data, ...);

where $parser is an object that accompany transversing the object tree, 
and it will call to $child->_action(...).
That will give me one point to put my hooks in, and will be easy to 
Price: double stack depth, and I'll have to implement some getters / 
setters in $parser, for the objects to manipulate.

However, I quite liked the idea of having an iterator transverse the 
object tree. it seen... elegant. but maybe it's not the right thing to 
do here.



Shmuel Fomberg wrote:
> Hi.
> More details for my question:
> The "action" gets a tree as input, that corresponds the object tree, and 
> each node in the object tree have equivalent in the input tree.
> Some of the nodes need to pre-process the input tree for their children, 
> or post-process the result.
> So, any advice?
> Shmuel.
> Shmuel Fomberg wrote:
>> I need a design advice on my module, Data::ParseBinary.
>> The module works in the Composite design pattern, which means that all 
>> the classes inherent from one base class "base", and each object may 
>> have zero or more "children".
>> The base class defines two methods, build and destroy, and each 
>> sub-class must implement them, optionally calling the same method in 
>> it's children, if exists and if it decides to.
>> The current operation is pretty naive, that the program calls the root 
>> object, and it calls it's children's methods and so on.
>> The problem is that this design is not flexible. what if I want to print 
>> a debug message before and after every object in the hierarchy? What if 
>> I want to also print what each action returned?
>> After a talk with Shlomo, I'm thinking about modifying the system to 
>> iterator-style, where the iterator will traverse the object tree, and 
>> each object will queue it's children in the iterator.
>> What do you think? How would you do it?
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