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- Subject: Re: A Type Metatable for Tables?
- From: Miles Bader <miles@...>
- Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 22:54:41 +0900
"John Hind" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> 1. Setting an instance metatable could displace the type metatable
> completely. This would be appropriate if we think of Tables with instance
> metatables as different types from generic Tables.
> 2. The instance metatable could be searched first, then the type metatable.
> This would be appropriate if we think of Tables with instance metatables as
> sub-types of Table.
> Both alternatives could be offered by having a key in the instance metatable
> specifying if the type metatable should be inherited or not.
It seems like 2 could be implemented using existing Lua mechanisms:
an instance metatable can just have its own metatable, with an __index
entry pointing to the global table metatable.
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