Re: set and class
"DBC User" wrties:
I am trying to find the difference between set and class. Could some
one help me? I can understand that a class is like a set. Each subset
could be a inherited class and members are instances. What is the
difference between class and set and if there is any?
I don't think class is a very good term to describe that thing as used in
the computing field - so it's natural to have problems with it. But I don't
know of a much better word, template is about the best I can do. Skeleton?
Apparently the people who coined the term didn't like it too much either.
Note that their native language was Norwegian, but I don't mean to imply
that that was a factor. I knew the first usage goes back to at least Simula
67 so I used this search target on Wikipedia.
<class etymology . class OR classes simula> There are several hits but I
didn't see any that seemed likely to really impress me so I only looked at
the first hit. Here is a link to it. If you want to pursue it that search
target should be useful. Note that Hoare is mentioned, that would be, I
think C A R Hoare who is famous for his contributions to the field of
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