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Dynamic Metaclass Construction for an Explicit Specialization Interface

Mezini, Mira :
Dynamic Metaclass Construction for an Explicit Specialization Interface.
In: 1st International Conference on Reflection (Reflection '96), 21-23. April 1996, San Francisco, California. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Reflection
[Conference or Workshop Item] , (1996)

Abstract

The definition of a class library is an iterative process involving both the designer who provides basic functionality, and the users who subsequently specialize it. In order to ensure the coherence of possible modifications, suitable means for coordinating the activity of both are required. In this paper, we propose a metaclass based approach for bridging the gap between library designers and specializers, by enabling the designer to express specialization constraints which are automatically imposed on all possible modifications. The approach adopted for the design of the meta-level provides for modularity and extensibility. It is based on a dispersed meta-representation of how classes behave and an automatic metaclass construction by deriving procedural code from a set of metadescriptions chosen according to the constraints to be satisfied.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 1996
Creators: Mezini, Mira
Title: Dynamic Metaclass Construction for an Explicit Specialization Interface
Language: English
Abstract:

The definition of a class library is an iterative process involving both the designer who provides basic functionality, and the users who subsequently specialize it. In order to ensure the coherence of possible modifications, suitable means for coordinating the activity of both are required. In this paper, we propose a metaclass based approach for bridging the gap between library designers and specializers, by enabling the designer to express specialization constraints which are automatically imposed on all possible modifications. The approach adopted for the design of the meta-level provides for modularity and extensibility. It is based on a dispersed meta-representation of how classes behave and an automatic metaclass construction by deriving procedural code from a set of metadescriptions chosen according to the constraints to be satisfied.

Title of Book: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Reflection
Divisions: Department of Computer Science
Department of Computer Science > Software Technology
Event Title: 1st International Conference on Reflection (Reflection '96)
Event Location: San Francisco, California
Event Dates: 21-23. April 1996
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2009 08:27
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