What is “Object-Oriented Programming”?
“Object-Oriented Programming” and “Data Abstraction” have become very common terms. Unfortunately, few people agree on what they mean. I will offer informal definitions that appear to make sense in the context of languages like Ada, C++, Modula-2, Simula67, and Smalltalk. The general idea is to equate “support for data abstraction” with the ability to define and use new types and equate “support for object-oriented programming” with the ability to express type hierarchies. Features necessary to support these programming styles in a general purpose programming language will be discussed. The presentation centers around C++ but is not limited to facilities provided by that language.
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