Ptolemy: A Language with Quantified, Typed Events

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Ptolemy: A Language with Quantified, Typed Events
Implicit invocation (II) and aspect-oriented (AO) languages provide related but distinct mechanisms for separation of concerns. II languages have explicitly announced events that run registered observer methods. AO languages have implicitly announced events that run method-like but more powerful advice. A limitation of II languages is their inability to refer to a large set of events succinctly. They also lack the expressive power of AO advice. Limitations of AO languages include potentially fragile dependence on syntactic structure that may hurt maintainability, and limits on the available set of implicit events and the reflective contextual information available. Quantified, typed events, as implemented in our language Ptolemy, solve all these problems. This paper describes Ptolemy and explores its advantages relative to both II and AO languages.
Hridesh Rajan, Gary T. Leavens
Added 19 Oct 2010
Updated 19 Oct 2010
Type Conference
Year 2008
Authors Hridesh Rajan, Gary T. Leavens
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