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  • From: John Cowan <cowan AT>
  • To: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo AT>
  • Cc: xom-interest AT
  • Subject: Re: [XOM-interest] prefixChild?
  • Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 08:30:12 -0400

Elliotte Rusty Harold scripsit:

> I note that I have trouble remembering
> whether it's insertChild(0, node) or insertChild(node, 0). Is there
> any reason for preferring one order to the other? Would it be any
> more natural to put the index after the node rather than before? Or
> is this just a pick one question where I should stick with what we've
> got?

I prefer insertChild(node, 0), which I read as "insert child node at zero";
in Smalltalk notation, "insertChild: node at: 0". In general, the direct
object of the verb which names the method should be the first argument.

Fortunately, since the arguments have different types, the compiler will
catch misordered arguments.

You escaped them by the will-death John Cowan
and the Way of the Black Wheel. jcowan AT
I could not. --Great-Souled Sam

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