Skip to content

{ Category Archives } OOP

Prototypical object-oriented programming

Some people think that the notion of classes is intrinsic to object-oriented programming. Bertrand Meyer even wrote a textbook about OOP called A Touch of Class. But back in the 1980s, Alan Borning and others were trying to teach object-oriented programming using the Smalltalk system, ostensibly designed to make simulation in computer programmers accessible to […]

The package management paradox

There was no need to build a package management system since CPAN, and yet npm is the best. Wait, what? Every time a new programming language or framework is released, people seem to decide that: It needs its own package manager. Simple algorithms need to be rewritten from scratch in “pure” $language/framework and distributed as […]

Minimum Viable Controller

The book “NeXTstep Programming Step One: Object-Oriented Applications” by Garfinkel and Mahoney said this about Controllers in 1993: A good rule of thumb is to place as little code in your controller as necessary. If it is possible to create a second controller that is only used for a particular function, do so – the […]

Dogmatic paradigmatism

First, you put all of your faith in structured programming, and you got burned. You found it hard to associate the operations in your software with the data upon which they act, and to make sure that the expectations made on the data in one place are satisfied when that data has been modified in […]

*-Oriented Programming

Much is written about various paradigms or orientations of programming: Object- (nee Message-) Oriented, Functional, Structured, Dataflow, Logic, and probably others. These are often presented as camps or tribes with which to identify. A Smalltalk programmer will tell you that they are an Object-Oriented programmer, and furthermore those Johnny-come-latelies with their Java are certainly not […]

Protocol-Oriented Programming in Objective-C

Hi, this is a guest post from Crusty. I’ve been doing a tour of the blogosphere, discussing Protocol-Oriented Programming. This time, Graham was kind enough to hand over the keyboard for SICPers and let me write a post here. Back when Graham was talking about Object-Oriented Programming in Functional Programming in Swift, he mentioned that […]

Functional Programming in Object-Oriented Programming in Functional Programming in Swift

The objects that I’ve been building up over the last few posts have arbitrarily broad behaviours. They can respond to any selector drawn from the set of all possible strings. As with all art, beauty is produced by imposing constraints. An important class (pardon the pun) of objects only has a meaningful response to one […]

Classes in objects in object-oriented programming in functional programming in Swift

So far, Objective-Swift objects have used prototypical inheritance, in which they supply some methods but also know about another object to which they can forward messages they don’t understand themselves. This pattern is used in languages like Self, JavaScript and Io but is not common to other languages that also call themselves object-oriented programming languages. […]

Mutable objects in immutable objects in object-oriented programming in functional programming in Swift

I didn’t realise this at the time, the previous entry wasn’t the last Objective-Swift post. The inheritance mechanism in ObjS is prototypical, meaning that an object inherits from a single other object rather than getting its behaviour from a class. This is the same system that Self and languages that, um, inherit its approach use. […]

Finishing the ObjS story

This gist shows the result of doing the self-threading talked about at the end of the last post. Each method implementation takes an object pointer and a selector name, just like in the real world. That’s enough Objective-Swift for me. Yes, more could be done (mostly defining a preprocessor to make the syntax more regular) […]