[Mono-list] Is Objective-C support possible?

Robert Deviasse rdeviasse@hotmail.com
Mon, 17 Sep 2001 09:36:21 -0400

I'm not sure if categories can be added to classes or objects so I'll go 
through both cases:

I can think of two approaches, decentralized and centralized.

If you use the decentralized approach, you'd implement it this way:
   If categories can only be added to objects, you can derive all Objective 
C classes from:
   interface ObjectiveCObject
   public object __msgCall(string methodName, params object[] 
   public object __addCategory(ObjectiveCCategory category);
   public object __removeCategory(ObjectiveCCategory category);

   Each class will need to implement the appropriate forwarding magic.
       __addCategory and __removeCategory would add or remove a category 
from the list of categories
       __msgCall would use the category list to determine which method to 

   NOTE: If categories only contain method calls, you can define 
ObjectiveCCategory as being an array of delegates.
         In that case, implementing __addCategory and __removeCategory would 
simply add/remove to/from a list of delegates.
   Now if categories can only be added to classes, you'd declare the 

   class ObjectiveCMetaClass
   public object msgCall(object myself, string methodName, params object[] 
methodParameters) { ... }
   public object addCategory(ObjectiveCCategory category) { ... }
   public object removeCategory(ObjectiveCCategory category) { ... }
   Then, each objective C class needs to have a static member called:
      ObjectiveCMetaClass __metaClass;

   Methods and categories from each class could be accessed from this 

Alternately, you can go with a centralized approach. You'd define the 
following class:
   class ObjectiveCGeneralForwardingClass
   public object msgCall(object registrant, object myself, string 
methodName, params object[] methodParameters) { ... }
   public object addCategory(object registrant, ObjectiveCCategory category) 
{ ... }
   public object removeCategory(object registrant, ObjectiveCCategory 
category) { ... }

If categories need to be added to classes, the registrant argument above 
would be the class. If categories can be added to objects, the registrant 
would be the object itself. There would be only one 
ObjectiveCGeneralForwardingClass singleton per assembly, but there's no harm 
in defining more.

My gut tells me that most Objective C implementations use the decentralized 

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