Definitions [dpm2] [djg17]
Fri, 02 Apr 1993 19:26:19 EST
> Ok, let's define some terms:
> class - Some conceptual notion of an object, describing its
> interface, its attributes, its ancestors.
> instance - An instance of a class, located at a particular address in
> memory, containing a state which can be modified or has been
> modified through its interface.
> object - Used interchangeably to mean both of the above. Generally,
> when talking about an "object" the object's class is implied.
> I feel just calling something an object is sufficient unless we really need
> to differentiate between an object class and an instance of that class. Is
> this acceptable to everyone else?
I have always thought object was synonymous with instance, at least
when refering to something concrete. I suppose others use of object
as a synonum for class may have confused me somewhat. Maybe we should
stick with "class" and "instance", because these terms don't have
multiple possible meanings.
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