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ABIS Infor - 2012-06

This newsletter (2012-06) contains the following topics:

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A surprising number of novice (or even experienced) programmers appear to misunderstand the meaning of access modifiers in mainstream OO languages such as Java, C++ and C#. Here are some reflections on public/private/protected visibility, encapsulation and the like. Read the article.

It is often said 'To measure is to know'. For a training centre as ABIS it is important to know our target market, and measuring in one way or another is essential to become familiar with this specific group of people. Today, this can be done in a myriad of different ways, but here at ABIS we usually do it via telephone or electronic "personal" contact. The question to ask is: which one the two approaches is better. Let us take a closer look. Read the article.

The trend these days in (all of) the Java frameworks is to replace the standard XML configuration file(s) by annotations. Is this indeed for the better, or are there downsides? What are the pros and cons of both approaches? Which of both do you choose, or can they live together in harmony? That is what we will discuss in this article. Read the article.

What programming environment would be more distant from objects than COBOL? And yet the most recent COBOL standard (2002) introduced support for object-oriented syntax. Here's a brief summary of the not so well-known OO-COBOL. Read the article.