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Flexibility by design

Posted: 01 Apr 1996     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:C++  Object-oriented programming  C struct 

Object-oriented design provides significant improvements over traditional procedural design for systems incorporating multiple hardware configurations. A carefully designed, object-oriented software application can configure itself automatically at run time to match the system?s hardware resources, guarantee hardware initialisation, and improve the system?s extensibility. By using the advanced capabilities of C++, as this article describes, you can achieve self-configuring systems. One of the main features of C++ is the concept of classes. Classes in their simplest form are really just an extension of the classic C struct, but there are several differences including access privilege, guaranteed data initialisation, and derivation. To more effectively convey the usefulness of these features, the limitations of a C struct will be considered first.

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