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Re: Unprotect[] Protect[] redefining builtin but keep original available

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On 2013-08-13 07:56:31 +0000, roby said:

> Dear Group
> 
> Is it in general possible to redefine mathematica builtins but still 
> call the original function from within (but not only from there) the 
> redefinition ?
> 
> In particular I would like to overload a builtin (distinguished by an 
> additional Option additionalopt->o) and keep the possibility to call 
> the original (distinguished by omitting the additional Option or
> by setting additionalopt->None)
> 
> Regards Robert

Take a look here (practially the same as Chris's answer):

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4198961/what-is-in-your-mathematica-tool-bag/5149656#5149656 


Many people on Mathematica.SE refer to this technique as the 
"Villegas-Gayley trick"

To see many real world uses of the technique, you can look at this search:

http://mathematica.stackexchange.com/search?q=villegas+gayley




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