QUrl in KDE 4

John Firebaugh jfirebaugh at kde.org
Fri May 20 04:08:16 BST 2005

On May 19, 2005, at 7:02 PM, Frans Englich wrote:
> As Thiago, I disagree, because with that approach you will find the  
> problem in
> any object oriented design; where something is a subset,  
> constrainment, of
> something wider -- what class hierarchies usually are about,  
> AFAICT. A square
> is a subset of the recangle's value space, so to speak.
> Hence, I don't see representation problem Thiago sees. Perhaps an  
> elaboration
> can be provided?

On the contrary, class hierarchies are ill suited to this type of  
subset relationship:

class Rectangle
     Rectangle( int width, int height );
     void SetDimensions( int width, int height );
     // ...

class Square : public Rectangle
     Square( int widthAndHeight );
     // ...

Square s( 5 );
s.SetDimensions( 10, 5 );
// eek, s is no longer square!

Inheriting the other way around doesn't work either.

See also http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?CircleAndEllipseProblem

The URL/URI relationship is very similar.


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