(j3.2006) Public Comment J32034

Van Snyder Van.Snyder
Wed Jul 16 21:41:58 EDT 2008

On Wed, 2008-07-16 at 19:28 -0600, Jim Giles wrote:
> ASSOCIATE isn't a new consruct, so I didn't comment on it at all.
> Actually I find it appalling.

It's just an inline internal procedure.  What's appalling about that?

It's a degenerate case of SELECT TYPE, with prettier and less confusing
spelling than

  SELECT TYPE ( A => <messy designator> )
    stuff involving A instead of <messy designator>

We really did find SELECT TYPE to be indispensible to a complete
object-oriented programming system.

In both cases, the <associat-name> is modeled on a dummy argument, and
the relationship between the <associate-name> and the <selector> is
modeled on argument association.

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