On Inner Classes

  title={On Inner Classes},
  author={Atsushi Igarashi and Benjamin C. Pierce},
Inner classes in object-oriented languages play a role similar to nested function definitions in functional languages, allowing an object to export other objects with direct access to its own methods and instance variables. However, the similarity is deceptive: a close look at inner classes reveals significant subtleties arising from their interactions with inheritance. The goal of this work is a precise understanding of the essential features of inner classes; our object of study is a fragment… CONTINUE READING
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