A theory of Objects by Martín Abadi, Luca Cardelli

By Martín Abadi, Luca Cardelli

Procedural languages are regularly good understood and their formal foundations forged within the different types of quite a few lambda-calculi. For object-oriented languages but the state of affairs isn't as straight forward. during this e-book the authors suggest and boost a special procedure by means of constructing item calculi during which items are taken care of as primitives. utilizing item calculi, the authors may be able to clarify either the semantics of items and their typing principles and show easy methods to enhance the entire most vital innovations of object-oriented programming languages: self, dynamic dispatch, sessions, inheritance, safe and personal equipment, prototyping, subtyping, covariance and contravariance, and technique specialization. Many researchers and graduate scholars will locate this a huge improvement of the underpinnings of object-oriented programming.

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First, it violates the object abstraction, revealing information that may be regarded as private. Second, it renders programs more fragile by introducing a form of dynamic failure when none of the branches apply. Third, and probably most important, it makes code less extensible: when adding another subclass of cell one may have to revisit and extend the type case statements in existing code. In the purist framework, the addition of a new subclass does not require recoding of existing classes. This is a good property, in particular because the source code of commercial libraries may not be available.

Now the inclusion Vegetarian <: Person holds. A vegetarian subsumed into Person can be safely fed the lunch it carries with it, because the vegetarian was constructed with F <: Vegetables. A limitation of this approach is that a person can be fed only the food it carries with it as a component of type F, and not food obtained independently. 2 how the partial decoupling of subtyping from subclassing increases the opportunities for subsumption. Another approach has emerged that increases the potential for inheritance by further separating subtyping from subclassing.

5 Delegation Prototype-based languages that permit the sharing of attributes across objects are called delegation-based. In operational terms, delegation is the redirection of field access and method invocation from an object or prototype to another, in such a way that an object can be seen as an extension of another. In the most common forms of implicit delegation inheritance (49, 121), a child object (the host) designates another object as its parent (the donor). In implementation terms, the child contains a parent link (a reference to its parent) through which the attributes of the parent can be obtained (Figure 4-2).

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