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- Subject: [mg6213] package impasse?
- From: murray at math.umass.edu (Murray Eisenberg)
- Date: Thu, 27 Feb 1997 02:55:27 -0500
- Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com
In previous postings, I described in more or less detail a problem I
have with implementing a package. Please tell me if my conclusion
about this is correct.
A user defines a certain function f, which in turn may reference other
user-defined objects g and c. These _other_ names are unknown to the package
The package doesn't export anything. What it does do is evaluate the
user's f at certain arguments supplied within the package.
Since the user-defined objects upon which f depends have names unknown
to the package, the StartPackage expression must be of the form
Hence (and this is what I'm asking about): there is NO WAY to prevent
name clashes between objects created within the package and objects
created by the user -- other than the package's trying to use very
cryptic and obscure names, of course.
If the user's f was self-contained, or depended only upon objects
whose names were known in advance to the package designer, then of
course there's no problem: avoid including "Global`" in StartPackage
and instead refer to f within the package as Global`f. But that's not
the realistic situation here.
If I am correct, then this seems a fatal shortcoming of Mathematica's
implementation of namespaces via contexts.
If I am incorrect, then I anxiously await a solution!
Murray Eisenberg Internet: murray at math.umass.edu
Mathematics & Statistics Dept. Voice: 413-545-2859 (W)
University of Massachusetts 413-549-1020 (H)
Amherst, MA 01003 Fax: 413-545-1801
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