The Essence of Inheritance

@inproceedings{Black2016TheEO,
  title={The Essence of Inheritance},
  author={Andrew P. Black and Kim B. Bruce and James Noble},
  booktitle={A List of Successes That Can Change the World},
  year={2016}
}
  • Andrew P. Black, Kim B. Bruce, James Noble
  • Published in
    A List of Successes That Can…
    2016
  • Computer Science
  • Programming languages serve a dual purpose: to communicate programs to computers, and to communicate programs to humans. Indeed, it is this dual purpose that makes programming language design a constrained and challenging problem. Inheritance is an essential aspect of that second purpose: it is a tool to improve communication. Humans understand new concepts most readily by first looking at a number of concrete examples, and later abstracting over those examples. The essence of inheritance is… CONTINUE READING

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