By Martín Abadi, Luca Cardelli

ISBN-10: 1441985980

ISBN-13: 9781441985989

ISBN-10: 1461264456

ISBN-13: 9781461264453

Procedural languages are quite often good understood and their formal foundations solid within the kinds of a number of lambda-calculi. For object-oriented languages but the state of affairs isn't as straight forward. during this e-book the authors suggest and advance a special method through 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 ideas and reveal how you can increase the entire most crucial recommendations of object-oriented programming languages: self, dynamic dispatch, sessions, inheritance, secure and personal tools, prototyping, subtyping, covariance and contravariance, and strategy specialization. Many researchers and graduate scholars will locate this a big improvement of the underpinnings of object-oriented programming.

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A theory of Objects

Procedural languages are regularly good understood and their formal foundations forged within the types of numerous lambda-calculi. For object-oriented languages but the state of affairs isn't as simple. during this ebook the authors suggest and boost a special method via constructing item calculi during which gadgets are handled as primitives.

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2. CLASS-BASED LANGUAGES 21 We examine function types next. The type A~B is the type of functions with argument type A and result type B. We say that ~ is a contravariant operator in its left argument because A~B varies in the opposite sense as A; the right argument is instead covariant: A~B <: A'~B' provided that A' <: A and B <: B' Argument for the co/contravariance of A~B If B <: B', then a functionf of type A~B produces results oftype B' by subsumption. If A' <: A, then f accepts also arguments of type A', since these have type A by subsumption.

We use ObjectTypeOJ(cell) as a meta-notation for the object type Cell. This type can be mechanically extracted from class cell. Therefore we may write either 0 : ObjectTypeOJ(cell) or 0: Cell. The main property we expect of ObjectTypeOfis that: new c : ObjectTypeOJ(c) for any class c 3. ADVANCED CLASS-BASED FEATURES 27 Different classes cell and ce1l1 may happen to produce the same object type Cell, equal to both ObjectTypeOf(cell) and ObjectTypeOf(ce1l1). Therefore objects having type Cell are required only to satisfy a certain protocol, independently of attribute implementation.

According to our definitions, covariance of method argument types is statically unsound: if left unchecked, it may result in unpredictable behavior. 7 Method Specialization In our discussion of subclasses we have taken the simplest approach to overriding, requiring that an overriding method has exactly the same type as the overridden method. This condition can be relaxed to allow method specialization, that is, to allow an overriding method to adopt different argument and result types, specialized for the subclass.

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