Fish is a great command-line shell targeted on programmers. It has some cool programming-like features hereat.

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The Constructor

The Person function should create the instance reference and pass the parameters to it.

function Person -d'Person class'
set -l id (uuidgen)
set -l self __Person_(echo $id | sed 's!-!!g')
argparse n/name= s/surname= b/birth= -- $argv

Accessor Methods

We can create three getters (read accessor methods) called id, fullname, and birth. For that we use alias:

  alias $"echo -n $id"
alias $self.fullname="echo -n $_flag_name $_flag_surname"
alias $self.birth="echo -n $_flag_birth"

Instance Methods

For sample purpose, we can create a method for serialisation. As Fish doesn’t support closures, all private info must use the Fish approach for weakly private data, and the method must be built by eval tool:

  eval "function $self.string
printf '%s (%s): %s' ($self.fullname) ($ ($self.birth)

Mutable Attributes

Again Fish doesn’t support closures, thereat it’s necessary to use global variables. For example, a person can have metadata:

  set -g "$self"_metadata
  eval "function $self.metadata -a metadata
test -n \"\$metadata\"
and set $self""_metadata \"\$metadata\"
echo -n \$$self""_metadata

Returning the Instance

At the constructor block’s end, it’s necessary to return the instance global id. The return statement returns the status code, so it’s not what we want.

  echo -n $self

The Destructor

The Fish garbage collector cannot clean up global variables, not even weakly private when their references die. So we need to do it explicitly. Therefore we created a destructor block.

function delete -d'garbage collector for class instances'
for instance in $argv
for funcname in (functions --all)
string match "$instance.*" -- "$funcname" >/dev/null
and functions --erase "$funcname"
    set | awk '{ print $1; }' | while read envvar
string match "$instance\_*" -- "$envvar" >/dev/null
and set --erase "$envvar"

Using the Class

Now an example of using the class:

set -l person_a (Person -nJohn -sDoe -b1970-01-01)
set -l person_b (Person -nPedro -sde\ Lara -b1925-02-25)
$person_a.metadata nobody >/dev/null
$person_b.metadata showman >/dev/null
printf '%64s, %s\n' ($person_a.string) ($person_a.metadata)
printf '%64s, %s\n' ($person_b.string) ($person_b.metadata)
delete $person_a $person_b
     John Doe (DE93A63C-8F1D-454F-BD01-C9EF0E1683AF): 1970-01-01, nobody
Pedro de Lara (B3169DFE-DD8F-49B1-9601-4E05F2CE40F9): 1925-02-25, showman

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