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object suggestion for future IDL versions

I don't know if anybody else has had this problem, but it occurs with
objects that take advantage of inheritance.  The object may take advantage
of the inherited methods by using the notation

self->method_name, arg1, arg2, etc

But if the new object redefines any of the inherited methods (for example
"assign"), it cannot make reference to the inherited method.  So say our new
object is just like the inherited object, except that when the data is
changed, a time stamp is placed on the data so

PRO dat_new__define
struct = {dat_new, time_stamp:'', INHERITS dat_old}

can define our new object.  Ideally, I think, we would want to extend the
assign method like this

PRO dat_new::assign, field_string, value
self->assign, field_string, value
self.time_string = STRING(SYSTIME())

I am not exactly sure if this is the way objects _should_ work, but this is
the way I _want_ them to work.  The work around is to put an extra level of
abstraction in the definitions of the parent methods, or provide the new
object with a new method name.  The former solution leads to a duplication
of every method, and more dangerously, two ways to do everything.  The
latter solution presents the even more dangerous possibility that the parent
object method is available to edit the data without updating the time stamp.
So I have settled on the solution of cut and pasting the parent definition
of the method and making the one-line change that I need to in the new

         }3 John Persing }3
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