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From "Tim Anderson" <t...@intalio.com>
Subject RE: [clazz] Naming
Date Tue, 29 Oct 2002 04:52:11 GMT
True. I was suggesting Meta more as a prefix to avoid
clashes with java.lang.*, rather than for its semantics.

Unfortunately, the english language doesn't have too many
terms which can be used. 'Schema' and 'Model' are also
possible alternatives for 'Class', although Schema is overused,
and Model perhaps too vague.

Tim

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dmitri Plotnikov [mailto:dmitri@apache.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, October 29, 2002 12:32 PM
> To: Jakarta Commons Developers List
> Subject: Re: [clazz] Naming
>
>
> I would like to suggest that if we use the prefix "meta", we use it in
> accordance with the definition, which is that meta-foo is a description of
> foo and foo is an instance of meta-foo.
>
> For example, MetaObject would be Class. An example of a MetaClass would be
> the class java.lang.Class itself (not an instance thereof).
>
> - Dmitri
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Tim Anderson" <tima@intalio.com>
> To: "Jakarta Commons Developers List" <commons-dev@jakarta.apache.org>
> Sent: Monday, October 28, 2002 8:29 PM
> Subject: RE: [clazz] Naming
>
>
> > Some more alternatives:
> >
> > Meta class names: MetaClass, MetaField, MetaMethod.
> > Instance class names: MetaObject, Field, Method
> >
> > Not attached to any of the above, but Clazz really grates with me :)
> >
> > my 2 bits,
> >
> > Tim
> >
> >
> > > From: Stephen Colebourne [mailto:scolebourne@btopenworld.com]
> > >
> > > Naming is always a tricky issue, especially when we get to a
> fundamental
> > > level such as this.
> > >
> > > Meta class names
> > > ------------------
> > > Java:
> > > Class, Field, Method
> > >
> > > Names proposed for [clazz]:
> > > MetaBean, MetaProperty, MetaOperation*
> > > MetaClazz, MetaProperty, MetaOperation
> > > Clazz, Attribute, Operation
> > > AClass, AField, AMethod
> > > Class, Field, Method
> > >
> > > Instance class names
> > > ---------------------
> > > Java:
> > > Object, ., .
> > > bean, property, method.
> > >
> > > Names proposed for [clazz]:
> > > Bean, Property, Operation*
> > >
> > > MetaData name
> > > ----------------
> > > Attribute*
> > > MetaData
> > >
> > >
> > > All of the[clazz] basic classes should be interfaces.
> > > The meta class names should relate to the instance class names.
> > >
> > > I still favour the names marked with a * as being a consistent set
> > > independent of reflection/Java, but still well known names.
> > >
> > > Stephen
> > >
> > >
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