Tag Archives: Java

abstract classes and methods, Life, and function binding

This week in OOP we talked about approaches to the Life project, function bindings and how to use non-default bindings in C++/Java, and abstract methods and classes.

When we talk about function binding we are referring to the function that is invoked. The bindings that we have studied this past week are dynamic and static binding, with static binding the declared class of the object/variable is the function that is invoked, with dynamic binding the type of the value that is stored in the variable or the type of the object itself determines the function that is invoked. As you might have guessed by now java uses dynamic function binding by default and C++ uses static by default. However either can have the opposite binding enabled by keywords in Java this is accomplished by the use of private methods, static methods, final methods, or final classes. In C++ dynamic binding is enabled by using the keyword virtual on the parent method, this will cause a look up table to be built and used at runtime to determine the function to be invoked.

Java has the convention that either a class can be abstract and have no abstract methods or it must be abstract if any methods are abstract. As such disallowing instantiation of the class and all subclasses that choose to not implement the abstract methods. If a method is declared abstract then it can’t have an implementation as such you end up having to create protected helper methods if desired with different names. As you might imagine C++ is a slightly different story, you can have abstract(/pure virtual) methods but they may have implementations if you choose to provide them, however the methods must be implemented in function scope. The notion of an abstract class with no abstract methods does not exist in C++ however a pure virtual destructor would give you much the same result.


templating vs pointers, array object vs primitive storage, and the glory of STL vectors in C++

This post shall be rather short in its nature as it is already past due and I am still trying to finish up my workload that I had on my “break”. Two weeks ago in OOP we took some time to observe the nuances of array initialization with a high point being demonstrated by quiz 20, namely showing that an array of type A instantiated with Bs would create the invocation pattern: B constructor, A constructor, A copy Constructor, B destructor and lastly when the Array exited the function scope of invocation A destructor would be called.We also looked at templating examples and pointers. The high point there being that templating allowed for more types of iterators than pointers, but that some iterators imposed restrictions on the order in which their functions were called, namely the read iterator, and the * and == operators. We also briefly discussed why the STL was nice, and the fact that vectors are similar but much faster than java ArrayLists. The high points being attempt to use STL or Boost to save some troubles and a reference to the fact that C++ vectors subscript([]) operator did not suffer from the linear time look-up like java’s List interface does, however there is some overhead on the .at operator.


Arrays and Pointers galore

This week in OOP, we spent most of our time iterating over the different types of pointers in C++ and motivating some examples, the discussion stems from the fact that there are 4 varients of pointers in c++ which can be summed up by the following code and comments:

int c;

int* b; // read/write, many locations

cont int* pc; // read only, many locations

int* const cp = &c; // read/write one location (same as doing int& cp = c;)

const int* const cpc = &c; // read only, one location

We took some time later on to discuss the fact that in java arrays are allocations of values only if the data members are primitive types and for all non-primitives the array holds references to the type, unlike in c++ where the arrays contain the values themselves and can either be stack allocated or heap allocated, unlike java where all stack values reside on the heap.We finished up the week by looking at pointers vs. arrays in c++ noting that pointers are rvalues where arrays seem to be lvalues.