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- Subject: [Proposal] _GETNAME upvalue
- From: "Soni \"They/Them\" L." <fakedme@...>
- Date: Sun, 20 Jun 2021 20:34:30 -0300
Currently, Lua uses the _ENV upvalue for the environment. It'd be
interesting if there was an _GETNAME upvalue that behaves like __index
but for every value and only when passed a name.
Do be careful not to use _GETNAME in the _GETNAME obviously, e.g.:
local _GETNAME = function(o, k) ... end -- good, cannot call itself
local function _GETNAME(o, k) return o[k] end -- okay, doesn't call itself
local function _GETNAME(o, k) if type(o) == "number" then ... end return
o[k] end -- BAD, calls itself (unless `type` is a local)
- This would make Lua heckin' slow!
- On a more serious note, it'd be a clean and effective way of handling
"extension methods". These are locally-scoped methods that can be
accessed through objects, as in `foo:bar()`, and unlike monkey-patching,
they shadow the object's indexes without interference with other
modules/objects. Note that o[k] syntax explicitly wouldn't call _GETNAME
- chances are the k is external to the module, so you don't want any
conflicts between the indexes and the extension methods.