Inheritance/defaulting of attributes
andrewl at microsoft.com
Wed Oct 8 02:29:53 BST 1997
I decided to learn about inheritance by talking to people in a number of
different groups at Microsoft, ranging from products to research, from
programming languages to databases to knowledge representation.
I wish I had a good answer for you. I don't.
Instead, I found that for every single behavior of inheritance (a) some
people can give a very reasonable justification for it and (b) other
people can give an equally reasonable justification for why a different
behavior is needed.
We are seeing that on this list also. Clearly inheritance is going to
be difficult to work out.
AndrewL at microsoft.com
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