Title: A higher abstraction level using first-class inheritance relations
Authors: van Dooren, Marko ×
Steegmans, Eric #
Issue Date: 13-Aug-2007
Publisher: Springer
Series Title: Lecture notes in computer science vol:4609 pages:425-449
Conference: European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming edition:21 location:Berlin date:July 30 - August 03 2007
Abstract: Although classes are a fundamental concept in object-oriented programming, a class itself cannot be built using general purpose classes as building blocks in a practical manner. High-level concepts like associations, bounded values, graph structures, and infrastructure for event mechanisms which form the foundation of a class cannot be reused conveniently as components for classes. As a result, they are implemented over and over again. We raise the abstraction level of the language with a code inheritance relation for reusing general purpose classes as components for other classes. Features like mass renaming, first-class relations, high-level dependencies, component parameters, and indirect inheritance ensure that maximal reuse can be achieved with minimal effort. A case study shows a reduction of the code between 21% and 36%, while the closest competitor only reduces the size between 3% and 12%.
ISBN: 978-3-540-73588-5
ISSN: 0302-9743
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
Appears in Collections:Informatics Section
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