Thread overview
Is this a DMD bug, or correct behavior?
Mar 13
Foo Bar
Mar 13
Foo Bar
March 13
Well, a snippet is worth a thousand words:
https://run.dlang.io/is/hjvMDO

I came across this strange behavior, however I am unsure as to whether this is correct behavior, or just an expected behavior of shadowing. It seems like there should at least be some sort of compiler error/warning for this.
March 13
On Wednesday, 13 March 2019 at 00:27:02 UTC, Foo Bar wrote:
> I came across this strange behavior, however I am unsure as to whether this is correct behavior, or just an expected behavior of shadowing.

Yes, it is correct behavior, though it does trip a lot of people up.

Each variable set in a class declaration is independent. Lookups go for the first one they see up a chain from the static type.

Inside the override foo, it looks up and sees B.boolean. But outside, you cased to A, so it can only see A.boolean.

Object-oriented pattern here is typically to keep your member vars private and read/write through accessor methods instead, which can be virtual and thus be overridden in child classes as needed.
March 13
On Wednesday, 13 March 2019 at 00:50:35 UTC, Adam D. Ruppe wrote:
> On Wednesday, 13 March 2019 at 00:27:02 UTC, Foo Bar wrote:
>> I came across this strange behavior, however I am unsure as to whether this is correct behavior, or just an expected behavior of shadowing.
>
> Yes, it is correct behavior, though it does trip a lot of people up.
>
> Each variable set in a class declaration is independent. Lookups go for the first one they see up a chain from the static type.
>
> Inside the override foo, it looks up and sees B.boolean. But outside, you cased to A, so it can only see A.boolean.
>
> Object-oriented pattern here is typically to keep your member vars private and read/write through accessor methods instead, which can be virtual and thus be overridden in child classes as needed.

Ah, okay. Thanks for the clarification.