Re: [netmod] submodules the hidden benefits

Vladimir Vassilev <vladimir@lightside-instruments.com> Thu, 06 August 2020 12:15 UTC

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Subject: Re: [netmod] submodules the hidden benefits
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On 06/08/2020 00.43, Mahesh Jethanandani wrote:

> A contrarian view:
>
> I find the use of sub-modules helpful when I want to use separate 
> files to maintain part of the module that is logically separate, while 
> maintaining/restricting the use of them to a single namespace.
>
> The fact that tools have a problem with trying to compile a sub-module 
> can be addressed in the tools themselves.

The real problem is that the use of sub-modules complicates the 
interface between the tools. If your tools have to support dynamic 
loading of modules and not only a pre-compiled static schema context 
this problem becomes evident.

/Vladimir