Static meta-object protocols: towards efficient reflective object-oriented languages

CLARK, Tony (2016). Static meta-object protocols: towards efficient reflective object-oriented languages. In: MODULARITY Companion 2016 : Companion Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Modularity - MODULARITY Companion 2016. ACM, 160-167.

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Reflection and extensibility in object-oriented programming languages can be supported by meta-object protocols (MOP) that define class-based interfaces over data representation and execution features. MOPs are typically dynamic in the sense that type-based dispatching is used to select between feature implementations at run time leading to a significant difference in execution speed compared to non-MOP-based languages. Defining a corresponding static-MOP would seem to be a solution whereby type-dispatching can occur at compile time. Such an approach requires the integration of a static type system with a MOP. This paper introduces a new reflective and extensible language called JMF written in Java that aims to generate efficient code through the use of a static-MOP. The contribution of this paper is to characterise a static-MOP and to show how it integrates with a type system for JMF.

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Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Departments: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Computing
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Depositing User: Margaret Boot
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2016 11:18
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 13:39

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