[MacRuby-devel] super_foo style RubyCocoa messages.

Pierce T. Wetter III pierce at twinforces.com
Tue May 6 16:53:40 PDT 2008

>> Hmmm... Given that this is something where Ruby/ObjC (or for that  
>> matter Java) butt heads, I wonder if there should be a better  
>> syntax? Like:
> To clarify, we are not talking about introducing any new syntax or  
> "public" API in Ruby, but to introduce a way that the RubyCocoa  
> compatible layer can use to translate "super_foo" messages as a  
> "super" call.  The way would most probably be private  
> (__send_super__ ?) and could be implemented as a C extension.
> Before (RC):
>  def initWithName(name)
>    super_initWithName(name)
>  end
> Now (MR):
>  def initWithName(name)
>    super # just works
>  end

   Yeah, I get that but what if you want the common ObjC idiom where  
you add a new
initializer and then call the super classes implementation of the old  

    def initWithName(name)                   - initWithName: (NSString  
*) inName
       self=super_init()                          id self = [super  
       @name=name                                    name= inName;
       return self                                   return self;
    end                                      }

   super() isn't appropriate in this case. I don't like super_init()  
there. I think its ugly syntax, and its less clear then:


  would be, or even:


   or _super.init()


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