Towards a Viable Alternative to OO -- Extending the sf occam/CSP Programming Model

Locke, T (2001) Towards a Viable Alternative to OO -- Extending the sf occam/CSP Programming Model. In: Chalmers, Alan and Mirmehdi, Majid and Muller, Henk, eds. Communicating process architectures 2001. Concurrent Systems Engineering Series, 59 . IOS Press, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 329-349. ISBN 158603202X. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Object orientation has become the de facto standard for large scale, general purpose software engineering. In this paper various aspects of object orientation that are against good software engineering practice are highlighted. It is then argued that a communicating process model provides a better platform for component based programming without the discussed pitfalls. At the same time, current CSP based programming technology is shown to be seriously lacking when measured against certain aspects of object oriented languages. This paper is chiefly a discussion of ideas - ideas about extensions to the occam/CSP programming model that could advance the paradigm to the point where it provides a viable alternative to object orientation for general purpose, large scale software engineering. Specifically, three ideas are discussed: mobile processes, polymorphism and routable variant channels.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Language design, communicating processes, software engineering, components
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing
Depositing User: Mark Wheadon
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2008 17:58
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2014 10:13
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