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   RE: [xml-dev] Greenspun's tenth law rears its head: was InnerXmlis like

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At 2:25 PM +0100 9/23/02, Bill de hÓra wrote:

>If that's an argument from thread safety (is it?),

No, it's not. It comes from JavaBeans more than anywhere. And also
from the principle of least surprise. I find mutators that return
non-void very surprising. Of course, if this pattern became more
common, it might be less surprising.

>for anyone that's interested: the book "a little java, a few patterns"
>is an interesting counterpoint to this mutators return void argument. A
>nice read.

I'll check it out if I can find a copy.

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