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On the Notion of Object

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-16
JournalJournal of Systems and Software
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1993
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


As in science in general, in computer science there is a desire to unify general concepts. The notion of object has recently emerged as a promising answer to such desires. This article examines the seemingly simple notion of object from conceptual, philosophical, data abstraction, implementation, and formal viewpoints. We hope to provide new insights into what objects in object-oriented programming are, and an extensive literature analysis on the subject.