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7.7.3 allocate-instance Standard Generic Function

Syntax:
allocate-instance class &rest initargs &key &allow-other-keys    new-instance

Method Signatures:
allocate-instance (class standard-class) &rest initargs

allocate-instance (class structure-class) &rest initargs

Arguments and Values:
class - a class.

initargs - a list of keyword/value pairs (initialization argument names and values).

new-instance - an object whose class is class.

Description:
The generic function allocate-instance creates and returns a new instance of the class, without initializing it. When the class is a standard class, this means that the slots are unbound; when the class is a structure class, this means the slots' values are unspecified.

The caller of allocate-instance is expected to have already checked the initialization arguments.

The generic function allocate-instance is called by make-instance, as described in Section 7.1 Object Creation and Initialization.

See Also:
defclass, make-instance, class-of, Section 7.1 Object Creation and Initialization

Notes:
The consequences of adding methods to allocate-instance is unspecified. This capability might be added by the Metaobject Protocol.

Allegro CL Implementation Details:
None.

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