Issue No. 05 - September/October (1989 vol. 6)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/52.35590
<p>The author compares two very different object-oriented programming languages, Flavors and C++, with respect to their merits and how design decisions in each language influence various aspects of programming. The fundamental difference between the two languages is that C++ is strongly typed while Flavors is weakly typed. The comparison follows the completion of two very similar programming projects, one using Flavors and the other C++, allowing direct comparison of software implementation methods in these languages. The projects involved the design of two systems for describing and generating electronic hardware. Differences in implementing all three object-oriented language mechanisms-data abstraction, inheritance, and runtime method determination-are discussed. Typing, memory management, syntax aids and the programming environment are examined. It is concluded that the choice of a language can have a profound influence on program design.</p>
object-oriented languages; object-oriented programming languages; Flavors; C++; design decisions; software implementation methods; data abstraction; inheritance; runtime method determination; memory management; syntax aids; programming environment; program design; C language; high level languages; object-oriented programming
W. Wolf, "A Practical Comparison of Two Object-Oriented Languages," in IEEE Software, vol. 6, no. , pp. 61-68, 1989.