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From Berin Loritsch <>
Subject Re: [clazz] Clazz API mock-up
Date Mon, 28 Oct 2002 00:45:34 GMT
Victor Volle wrote:
> Berin
>>Victor Volle wrote:
>>>>Just wanted to clarify the naming: what you call Attributes are not the
>>>>as what Berin calls Attributes.  Your Attributes are like my Fields.
>>>Yes, I think so. Imagine a class "Foo" with an instance variable 
>>>"bar". In the MetaModel the MetaClass Foo would have an
>>>(Meta)Attribute that has the name "bar". This "bar" can have 
>>>What do you prefer?
>>Be clear in your definitions.
> I thought I was :-( 
> (sorry, I am no native speaker)

All I am saying is that we don't want to overload terms.  Use separate
terms for seperate concepts.

>>Attributes have a name and parameters.  They are not representing anything
>>concrete in the class already.
> Sorry, I do not get it. I really think that we might mean different 
> things by the name of "attribute". 
> Can your "attributes" be attributes of Classes only and represent
> instance variables?
> Or: 
> Are your "attributes" attributes of any 
> MetaModelElement like Classes, Methods/Operations and 
> Attributes/Fields. Then your "attribute" is something like
> C# attributes? Adding some semantics to a model element.
> And you would call my "attribute" a "field"?

My attributes are like the C# attributes.  That is the whole point of it.
I would call your attribute a Field, in the Java sense of it.


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