Logical Foundations of Object-Oriented and Frame-Based Languages

Abstract

We propose a novel formalism, called <italic>Frame Logic</italic> (abbr., F-logic), that accounts in a clean and declarative fashion for most of the structural aspects of object-oriented and frame-based languages. These features include object identity, complex objects, inheritance, polymorphic types, query methods, encapsulation, and others. In a sense, F-logic stands in the same relationship to the object-oriented paradigm as classical predicate calculus stands to relational programming. F-logic has a model-theoretic semantics and a sound and complete resolution-based proof theory. A small number of fundamental concepts that come from object-oriented programming have direct representation in F-logic; other, secondary aspects of this paradigm are easily modeled as well. The paper also discusses semantic issues pertaining to programming with a deductive object-oriented language based on a subset of F-logic.

DOI: 10.1145/210332.210335

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@article{Kifer1995LogicalFO, title={Logical Foundations of Object-Oriented and Frame-Based Languages}, author={Michael Kifer and Georg Lausen and James Wu}, journal={J. ACM}, year={1995}, volume={42}, pages={741-843} }