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We argue that intensional object identity in object-oriented programming languages and databases is best defined operationally by side-effect semantics. A corollary is that "functional" objects have extensional semantics. This model of object identity, which is analogous to the normal forms of...
From the Conclusions The philosophy of language has indicated that there are serious omissions in the Cartesian theory of categorisation; notably, that members of a category are related by family resemblances and not necessarily by shared properties between members of categories. As observed by...
In this paper, we present an approach which integrates the classification and inheritance concepts into both the specification and generation of compiler and compiling process. The nodes in a parse tree are deemed as objects whose properties are defined in a class hierarchy derived from a...
In this paper I describe wait-free implementations of concurrent objects and show, with the help of an example, how the design of the Smalltalk language can allow a concurrent version of Smalltalk to easily support highly-concurrent objects. Specifically, I explain how a universal wait-free...
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