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Analyzing Module Diversity

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Each object-oriented programming language proposes various grouping mechanisms to bundle interacting classes (i.e., packages, modules, selector namespaces, etc). To understand this diversity and to compare the different approaches, a common foundation is needed. In this paper we present a simple module calculus consisting of a small set of operators over environments and modules. Using these operators, we are then able to specify a set of module combinators that capture the semantics of Java packages, C# namespaces, Ruby modules, selector namespaces, gbeta classes, classboxes, MZScheme units, and MixJuice modules. We develop a simple taxonomy of module systems, and show how particular combinations of module operators help us to draw sharp distinctions between classes of module systems that share similar characteristics.
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hal-01352809 , version 1 (09-08-2016)

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Alexandre Bergel, Stéphane Ducasse, Oscar Nierstrasz. Analyzing Module Diversity. Journal of Universal Computer Science, 2005, 11 (10), pp.32. ⟨10.3217/jucs-011-10-1613⟩. ⟨hal-01352809⟩
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