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Re: Changing slot class

  Date: Fri, 24 Mar 89 14:28:33 EST
  From: Gadi <friedman@porthos.rutgers.edu>
  Reply-To: friedman@aramis.rutgers.edu
  To: Commonloops.pa@xerox.com
  Subject: Changing slot class 
  Message-Id: <CMM.0.88.606770913.friedman@porthos.rutgers.edu>
  Is a rough draft of Chapter 3 available yet?

No.  There are old drafts, but you don't want them.

  I would like to know if it will be possible to change the class
  of a slot from STANDARD-SLOT-DESCRIPTION.  I Would like to be able
  to maintain more information about my slots, such as a cardinality,
  and valueclass, prevous value, etc.  I know I can store Instances
  in my slots that will contain all the information, but I will
  have to write all my own access functions.
Well, the metaclass has control of the slots, so it is fairly straight
forward to add features onto the slot descriptions.  Basically,
you need a metaclass that uses the new slot descriptions:

(defclass new-class

(defclass new-slotd
  (... your new slots ...))

(defmethod make-slotd ((class new-class) &rest keywords-and-options)
  (apply #'*make-instance 'new-slotd keywords-and-options))

(defmethod legal-slotd-option-p ((class new-class) key)

Now classes you define with new-class as their metaclass will have the
new kind of slot description.

This can basically give your slots "facets" that are shared by each
instance of a class.  Each instance, will still have only a local slot
value in the instance.

If you want to let each instance have a set of facets for each slot, you'll
have to do a bit more work.