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Polymorphism, persistence and software re-use in a strongly typed object-oriented environment

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6 Author(s)
Morrison, R. ; University of St. Andrews, Department of Computational Science, St. Andrews, UK ; Brown, A.L. ; Carrick, R. ; Connor, R.C.H.
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The major requirements of a system for software re-use are that it must provide an abstraction mechanism for adequately describing the components, a mechanism for naming and storing the components, and a mechanism for composing new objects out of existing components. This paper describes a polymorphic type system that may be used to describe generic components and a persistence mechanism that may be used to name, store and compose components. By integrating the two, a strongly typed persistent environment that is an ideal base as a system for software re-use is obtained.

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Software Engineering Journal  (Volume:2 ,  Issue: 6 )

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November 1987

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