Eiffel : Java Glossary

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a language similar to Java that has multiple inheritance, genericity and assertions (design by contract). It does not allow dymnamic class loading. There is a compiler that generates JVM (Java Virtual Machine) byte codes and uses the AWT (Advanced Windowing Toolkit). Eiffel is an elegant language. It is beautifully consistent. It has none of the smell of eau de kludge like C/C++ and to some extent Java. Its designer Bertrand Meyer has obviously spent considerably time maintaining as well as writing programs. It shows in dozens of subtle touches in the design of the language. Unfortunately, Eiffel did not catch on the way Java did. Single vendor source and high price for development tools slowed its acceptance. Happily, it is designed to interface to code written in C, C++, FØRTRAN and Java. Java will gradually acquire the features of Eiffel, but because of Java’s backwards compatibility with C, will never implement them with the same élan. The designer, Bertrand Meyer’s home is Eiffel.com. Eiffel Software (ISE) now provides a free version of their compiler (with version for Windows, UNIX, Linux, OS (Operating System) X) for non-commercial development. The commercial versions are expensive e.g.
$8000.00 USD for EiffelStudio for Solaris,
$4800.00 USD for EiffelStudio for Windows,
$1500.00 USD for Eiffel ENViSioN! for Windows.


book cover recommend book⇒Object-Oriented Software Constructionto book home
by Bertrand Meyer 978-0-13-629155-8 paperback
birth 1950 age:66 978-0-13-629049-0 hardcover
publisher Prentice Hall
published 2000-03-21
This is the classic text on object-oriented programming. This is the best-written computer textbook on any subject I have yet encountered. If you ever plan to write a book, look at this to see how it should be done. He uses the Eiffel language for his examples. This could be confusing if you don’t already have little Java under your belt. This is not a book on coding, but rather on the general object-oriented principles behind the languages.
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