J&

Nathaniel Nystrom, Xin Qi, Andrew C. Myers
2006 SIGPLAN notices  
This paper introduces a programming language that makes it convenient to compose large software systems, combining their features in a modular way. J& supports nested intersection, building on earlier work on nested inheritance in the language Jx. Nested inheritance permits modular, type-safe extension of a package (including nested packages and classes), while preserving existing type relationships. Nested intersection enables composition and extension of two or more packages, combining their
more » ... ypes and behavior while resolving conflicts with a relatively small amount of code. The utility of J& is demonstrated by using it to construct two composable, extensible frameworks: a compiler framework for Java, and a peer-to-peer networking system. Both frameworks support composition of extensions. For example, two compilers adding different, domain-specific features to Java can be composed to obtain a compiler for a language that supports both sets of features.
doi:10.1145/1167515.1167476 fatcat:gtiyfpqqjzbdzbjoauba6rpstq