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  • by ziggy (25) on 2002.01.16 19:03 (#3284) Journal
    Paul Graham has [] some interesting things to say about why OOP isn't especially useful in the general case, except for some obvious areas:
    • Fixing languages that are fundementally broken (lacking closures, for example)
    • "Naturally" object oriented systems (CAD, Window managers, etc.)
    • large teams of mediocre programmers in large companies
    • large companies where make-work is desirable (look at all of the effort we're putting into this project!)
    That said, an object oriented Pod parser is probably the way to go, mostly because (1) you've put a lot of effort into it already :-), (2) it's easier to extend and (3) reuse as appropriate.

    (One of these days, it would be nice to see what a functional foo parser would look like, and see if that would be significantly better measured against some meaningful axis...)