[Software Composition Group] [Object Oriented Information Sources]

Object-Orientation FAQ

Version: 1.0.8
Date: 5/31/1995

Author: Bob Hathaway
Geodesic Systems, Inc.
Cyberdyne Systems Corporation

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Contributors:  Per Abrahamsen, Margaret Burnett, Edwardo Casais, Stewart
  Clamen, Dennis De Champeaux, Mike DeVaney, Eric Dujardin, Piercarlo Grandi,
  Brian Henderson-Sellers, Urs Hoelzle, Paul Johnson, Bill Kinnersley, Oscar
  Nierstrasz, James Odell, David Wheeler, Eoin Woods, and many others whose
  contributions have helped this document to fulfull its objective of bringing
  object-oriented concepts and systems to everyone.
  Special thanks to Object Systems, Geodesic Systems and Cyberdyne Systems for
  providing the support and resources needed to make this effort possible.
  Object Systems was primarily a "think tank" and producer of object-oriented
  technologies, Geodesic Systems brings the latest in object-oriented theory
  and technique to practical and widespread use, as does Cyberdyne.
  And to kick off the new Appendix G, Commercial OO Libraries and Systems, I'm
  introducing our own new product (partly developed by me:-), the Great Circle
  (TM) automatic memory management system for C and C++.  I've used it on
  several of my own projects where it automatically fixed all memory leaks
  New formatted and submitted entries for Appendix G are most welcome.
  In the spirit of other FAQs, to provide a simple document to answer the most
  frequently asked and recurring questions and to allow new users to understand
  frequently discussed topics and terms used in comp.object.   This should
  bring new comp.object readers and/or writers to at least an introductory
  level of comprehension as soon as possible.  Other goals (hopes) are to
  provide a quick and current reference on available systems such as object-
  oriented languages, CASE, OODB and etc. and to provide good references to
  current and relevant OO systems, groups, texts and literature.
  This document does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the author's or
  any contributor's companies.  There are no explicit or implicit guarantees
  implied by this document.
While object systems are a constantly changing and moving target with a broad
diversity of often conflicting methodologies, constructs, terminologies,
approaches, languages, implementations and etc. and comp.object has a wide
diversity of readers and writers ranging from students, professors and
researchers in academia to beginners, professionals, top-notch experts and
leaders in industry with a broad range of experience and backgrounds ranging
across many paradigms, this FAQ can certainly not aspire to satisfy all of them
completely but instead attempts to provide the most well-rounded treatment of
object-oriented concepts and realizations primarily from the mainstream and
popular authors and systems and further to provide a collection of available
systems and tools in the appendices.
Several improvements are planned for future FAQs, including a glossary.

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