Persistence for Arbitrary C++ Data Structures

  • Frances Newbery Paulisch
  • Stefan Manke
  • Walter F. Tichy
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This paper presents an external representation that may be automatically generated from arbitrary C++ data structures. This representation can be used to achieve persistence in various applications. We describe the existing facilities for persistence in the EDGE graph editor. A similar technique can be used to achieve persistence in general. In addition to generating code for an external representation, a menu-controlled data structure editor for arbitrary C++ classes may be generated using the same technique.


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© British Computer Society 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frances Newbery Paulisch
    • 1
  • Stefan Manke
    • 1
  • Walter F. Tichy
    • 1
  1. 1.University of KarlsruheGermany

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