Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 26th Nov 2005 17:02 UTC, submitted by Megatux
Gnome "I followed the debate about a successor for the C/C++ combination as the primary language for developing the GNOME core desktop platform very closely last month. There has been discussion about a number of options. What I would like to do on this page is give an overview how a probably less well-known language might be a viable compromise as a C/C++ successor. This language is called Eiffel and exists for over a decade. Eiffel takes the principle of Object-Oriented programming to its extremes and, as a consequence, is a very easy to learn language."
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RE[5]: Bind me!
by Berend de Boer on Sun 27th Nov 2005 23:08 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Bind me!"
Berend de Boer
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2005-10-19

ma_d, you said: "Very few people need to work on a library, as compared to how many will use it."

True, and that's another area where Eiffel excels. Eiffel code adheres to the open-closed principle. Eiffel programmers do not believe that once you write a library, people are only willing to use it, not change it. There's no such distinction between use and change except when it is forced upon one like C libraries do.

In Eiffel it's easy to inherit parts of a library and extend it. And it won't break any code because of Eiffel's DbC support: the invariant of a class must be maintained, even if you extend that class and change some features. Allows for very safe reuse.

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