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Classes make me mad
Despite the fact that many folks I respect swear by classes, I've yet to
feel comfortable with them in a language. Since LL2, I've been trying
to figure out what my resistance is based on.
Let me say that I think that classes are beautiful and powerful and all
those good things. Let's not quibble about that.
Defining a class is often an act of defining a language construct and
implementing it. Reasonably or not, I hold language constructs to a
higher standard than, say, a mere function definition. Specifically,
* I expect classes to be implemented perfectly. I must
trust my compiler.
* I expect classes to be documented precisely. I must trust
I know precious few programmers who document well at all, much less to
the level I expect in a language definition, and I know precious few
programmers who implement and test their own code to the level expected
in a compiler. Therefore, I'd expect more problems from classes than
Are these technical reasons? No. But they are practical reasons, and
ultimately I program practically. Classes may be great for individuals
and small groups, but I just don't believe that they scale for these