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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-12-20 17:52:30

brangdon_at_[hidden] (Dave Harris) writes:

> In-Reply-To: <uisxog1kw.fsf_at_[hidden]>
> On Fri, 20 Dec 2002 10:19:27 -0500 David Abrahams
> (dave_at_[hidden]) wrote:
>> As I understand it, reflection means the ability to
>> discern the structure of language constructs.
> In some languages it is not just reading. It includes the ability to
> interact - to assign to variables, invoke functions, create instances of
> classes. Even to add or remove new variables, functions and classes.
> I probably shouldn't say much more about this because reflection isn't
> something I'm aware of needing in C++.

Oh, I need it. I do as much as I can with C++ for Boost.Python, but I
need so much more... ;-)

>> Hmm, how does an object factory relate to reflection?
> Whatever we call it, the ability to defer choice of the exact created type
> until runtime has utility beyond serialisation.


                       David Abrahams
   dave_at_[hidden] *
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