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  1. Alexandre Bergel, Stéphane Ducasse, Oscar Nierstrasz, and Roel Wuyts. Stateful Traits. In Advances in Smalltalk —- Proceedings of 14th International Smalltalk Conference (ISC'06), LNCS 4406 p. 66—90, Springer, 2007. DOI 

    Traits offer a fine-grained mechanism to compose classes from reusable components while avoiding problems of fragility brought by multiple inheritance and mixins. Traits as originally proposed are \emphstateless, that is, they contain only methods, but no instance variables. State can only be accessed within traits by accessors, which become \emphrequired methods of the trait. Although this approach works reasonably well in practice, it means that many traits, viewed as software components, are artificially \emphincomplete, and classes that use such traits may contain significant amounts of boilerplate glue code. Although these limitations are largely mitigated by proper tool support, we seek a cleaner solution that supports \emphstateful traits. The key difficulty is how to handle conflicts that arise when composed traits contribute instance variables whose names clash. We present a solution that is faithful to the guiding principle of stateless traits: \emphthe client retains control of the composition. Stateful traits consist of a minimal extension to stateless traits in which instance variables are purely local to the scope of a trait, unless they are explicitly made accessible by the composing client of a trait. Naming conflicts are avoided, and variables of disjoint traits can be explicitly merged by clients. We discuss and compare two implementation strategies, and briefly present a case study in which stateful traits have been used to refactor the trait-based version of the Smalltalk collection hierarchy.