[fpc-devel] Dotted namespace

Dmitry Boyarintsev skalogryz.lists at gmail.com
Wed Jan 27 16:31:35 CET 2016

On Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 8:46 AM, Maciej Izak <hnb.code at gmail.com> wrote:

> 2016-01-27 14:44 GMT+01:00 Michael Van Canneyt <michael at freepascal.org>:
>> On Wed, 27 Jan 2016, Juha Manninen wrote:
>> Hey guys ...
>>> Now this Generics.Collections is completely hijacked by a namespace
>>> discussion. Does it mean the original issue is again buried and
>>> forgotten for another year or two?
>> No. Sven is on it.
> Anyway new thread for "Dotted namespace" is good idea :P

"Dotted namespace" how's that?
shouldn't be rather be "Dotted unit names" and "namespaces"?
Since "dotted name" actually specify "namespace".
And a name of a space (scope), shouldn't have any dots  since dot is a

Because "dotted unit names" (without actual namespaces) might break
compatibility with delphi's namespaces.


For example: section "Multi-unit Namespaces"
unit MyCompany.ProjectX.ProgramY.Unit1
unit MyCompany.ProjectX.ProgramY.Unit2

"In this example, the namespace MyCompany.ProjectX.ProgramY logically
contains all of the *interface* symbols from unit1.pas and unit2.pas.

Symbol names in a namespace must be unique, across all units in the
namespace. In the example above, it is an error for Unit1 and Unit2 to both
define a global interface symbol named mySymbol. "
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