Eiffel assertions and the external structure of classes and objects

Horan, Peter 2002, Eiffel assertions and the external structure of classes and objects, Journal of object technology, vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 105-118.

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Title Eiffel assertions and the external structure of classes and objects
Author(s) Horan, Peter
Journal name Journal of object technology
Volume number 1
Issue number 4
Start page 105
End page 118
Publisher Chair of Software Engineering, ETH Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule
Place of publication Zürich, Switzerland
Publication date 2002-09
ISSN 1660-1769
Summary The “external structure” in an object oriented system refers here to the  graphs of objects and classes. The class structure graph or class model is derived from the object structure graph or object model, and in this operation structural information is lost, or never made explicit. Although object oriented programming languages capture the class model as declarations,  contradictory assumptions about object model properties may be made introducing faults into the design. Consistent assumptions about the object model can be specified in the code using assertions such as Eiffel’s  invariants, preconditions and postconditions. Three examples specifying the external structure are considered.

Language eng
Field of Research 080399 Computer Software not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001459

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