Re: Another Microsoft XML patent
It didn't occur to me until I read your post Mike... but what is quickly becoming my favorite multi-purpose development language all started with a paper headed by Erik Meijer, et Al. entitled "Programming with Circles, Triangles and Rectangles" http://research.microsoft.com/~emeijer/Papers/XML2003/xml2003.html At various stages and in various pieces the language concepts presented in this paper have been known as X#, Xen, and Polyphonic C#. These have since been absorbed into what seems to be the next generation, at least from MS's perspective, in the C-based family of programming languages: COmega > http://research.microsoft.com/comega/ On 6/5/05, Michael Champion <michaelc.champion@g...> wrote: > On 6/4/05, Michael Kay <mike@s...> wrote: > > What on earth is the "shape" of an object instance? > > Perhaps this is the the same sense of "shape" -- > > http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?SoftwareHasShape > > 'Software has shape. > > A program or other coherent collection of software (e.g. a framework > or a class library) is an object (lower case) that exists in a > multi-dimensional space. We can view that object through any of many > windows. > > Through one window, we see the shape of the inheritance hierarchy. > Through another window, we see the object-ownership diagram. Through > another window we see the time-series behavior of the system ... the > sequence of object creations, deletions. > > Through another we see the execution profile of the program running, > with big piles of execution on top of some statements, and very tiny > piles on others. > > "Good" software has a "pleasing" shape. > > If software has a "good" inheritance hierarchy, the shape of the > hierarchy will be pleasing ... not too broadly branched, not too tall, > fairly well-balanced. > > If software is implemented efficiently, its execution profile will be > relatively flat, with no big peaks indicating hot spots.' > > ----------------------------------------------------------------- > The xml-dev list is sponsored by XML.org <http://www.xml.org>, an > initiative of OASIS <http://www.oasis-open.org> > > The list archives are at http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/ > > To subscribe or unsubscribe from this list use the subscription > manager: <http://www.oasis-open.org/mlmanage/index.php> > > -- <M:D/> M. David Peterson http://www.xsltblog.com
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