Generic Wrappers

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Generic Wrappers
Abstract. Component software means reuse and separate marketing of pre-manufactured binary components. This requires components from different vendors to be composed very late, possibly by end users at run time as in compound-document frameworks. To this aim, we propose generic wrappers, a new language construct for stronglytyped class-based languages. With generic wrappers, objects can be aggregated at run time. The aggregate belongs to a subtype of the actual type of the wrapped object. A lower bound for the type of the wrapped object is fixed at compile time. Generic wrappers are type safe and support modular reasoning. This feature combination is required for true component software but not achieved by known wrapping and combination techniques, such as the wrapper pattern or mix-ins. We analyze the design space for generic wrappers, e.g. overriding, forwarding vs. delegation, and snappy binding of the wrapped object. As a proof of concept, we add generic wrappers to Java and repor...
Martin Büchi, Wolfgang Weck
Added 02 Aug 2010
Updated 02 Aug 2010
Type Conference
Year 2000
Authors Martin Büchi, Wolfgang Weck
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