Composition instead of inheritance

Ben Finney ben+python at
Fri Apr 29 06:14:36 CEST 2011

Dan Stromberg <drsalists at> writes:

> On Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 3:35 PM, Carl Banks <pavlovevidence at> wrote:
> > That's not what we mean by composition.  Composition is when one
> > object calls upon another object that it owns to implement some of
> > its behavior.  Often used to model a part/whole relationship, hence
> > the name.
> It's a pretty old idea, that seems to be getting revived in a big way
> all of a sudden. Perhaps the Java people just rediscovered it?

I think it's more that people keep re-discovering how irredeemably messy
multiple inheritance is, and finding that object composition is better
in most cases :-)

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Ben Finney

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