Multiple Dispatch as Dispatch on Tuples

@inproceedings{Leavens1998MultipleDA,
  title={Multiple Dispatch as Dispatch on Tuples},
  author={Gary T. Leavens and Todd D. Millstein},
  booktitle={OOPSLA},
  year={1998}
}
Many popular object-oriented programming languages, such as C++, Smalltalk-80, Java, and Eiffel, do not support multiple dispatch. Yet without multiple dispatch, programmers find it difficult to express binary methods and design patterns such as the "visitor" pattern. We describe a new, simple, and orthogonal way to add multimethods to single-dispatch object-oriented languages, without affecting existing code. The new mechanism also clarifies many differences between single and multiple… CONTINUE READING
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