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From Fred Dushin <>
Subject Re: 7 parameter limit
Date Fri, 21 Dec 2007 12:45:40 GMT
I guess it really depends on your application, but I personally try  
to shy away from rigid types.  Maybe it's the LISP/Prolog programmer  
in me, but as a cons is the universal data structure, all you really  
need is a list as a parameter.  Or if you prefer, a map, which can be  
expressed using cons.

You can of course make your maps "type safe", along the lines of the  
CXF Message.

The next exercise for the reader is to design a similar type-safe map  
which allows more than one entry whose value has the same type (which  
sadly the Message type can't do).

(Hint: define a key type pair<T, S>, and instantiate keys using  
pair<String, Class>.)

Call this type Foo.

You can then define one parameter of type Foo, which has all of the  
expressive power and type safety of your previous one.


On Dec 20, 2007, at 5:41 PM, Benson Margulies wrote:

> If anyone would care to look over my virtual shoulder and tell me  
> how to
> structure this code better, I'm game.

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