The Art of the Metaobject Protocol / Edition 1

The Art of the Metaobject Protocol / Edition 1

by Gregor Kiczales, Jim des Rivieres, Daniel G. Bobrow, Jim Des Rivieres
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262610744

ISBN-13: 9780262610742

Pub. Date: 07/30/1991

Publisher: MIT Press

The CLOS metaobject protocol is an elegant, high-performance extension to the CommonLisp Object System. The authors, who developed the metaobject protocol and who were among the group that developed CLOS, introduce this new approach to programming language design, describe its evolution and design principles, and present a formal specification of a metaobject

Overview

The CLOS metaobject protocol is an elegant, high-performance extension to the CommonLisp Object System. The authors, who developed the metaobject protocol and who were among the group that developed CLOS, introduce this new approach to programming language design, describe its evolution and design principles, and present a formal specification of a metaobject protocol for CLOS.Kiczales, des
Rivières, and Bobrow show that the "art of metaobject protocol design" lies in creating a synthetic combination of object-oriented and reflective techniques that can be applied under existing software engineering considerations to yield a new approach to programming language design that meets a broad set of design criteria.One of the major benefits of including the metaobject protocol in programming languages is that it allows users to adjust the language to better suit their needs. Metaobject protocols also disprove the adage that adding more flexibility to a programming language reduces its performance. In presenting the principles of metaobject protocols, the authors work with actual code for a simplified implementation of CLOS and its metaobject protocol, providing an opportunity for the reader to gain hands-on experience with the design process. They also include a number of exercises that address important concerns and open issues.Gregor Kiczales and Jim des Rivières, are Members of the Research Staff, and
Daniel Bobrow is a Research Fellow, in the System Sciences Laboratory at Xerox Palo
Alto Research Center.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262610742
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
07/30/1991
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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