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Applying reflection in object-oriented software design

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Applying reflection in object-oriented software design

Mai, Yun (2001) Applying reflection in object-oriented software design. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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thesis work performs a series of experiments on applying reflection technique to improve software design. First, a REFLECTIVE V ISITOR pattern was captured to improve the traditional VISITOR pattern. Reflection enables a visitor to perform a run-time dispatch action on itself. The cyclic dependencies between the visitor structure and the element structure are broken, thus both of them can be reused independently. Secondly, a parser framework was developed by applying several patterns. Especially, the REFLECTION pattern is used in the design of dynamically handling a parsing process by separating the system into two levels. The base-level defines the grammar rules. The meta-level handles the complex relationships of these rules. Reflection technique is used to discover grammar rules at run-time and determines the parsing order. Third, a dynamic object model was defined for a virtual machine that can support reflection. We demonstrated Forman's theory by developing a simplified object model based on a single inheritance system with the support of only one metaclass. Finally, an extensible and reusable compiler system (front-end) for the Decaf programming language was designed and implemented.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science > Electrical and Computer Engineering
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Mai, Yun
Pagination:x, 166 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.Sc.)
Program:Electrical and Computer Engineering
Date:2001
Thesis Supervisor(s):de Champlain, Michel
ID Code:1484
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:19
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:20
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