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Microsoft TechFest 2007 “gBeta”

The Microsoft Development Center in Copenhagen (MDCC) recently held it’s second TechFest. Each year (this is year two of TechcFest) the good folks at MDCC put on a show where local (Denmark and other northern European countries) innovators show off their wares. I was lucky enough to spend a day learning about some of the great things small ISVs and scholars are creating on Microsoft and non-Microsoft development platform stacks.

Here, we learn about a very interesting programming language called gBeta. gBeta is an extension of the BETA language.

From the gBeta team:

“In gbeta, object metamorphosis coexists with strict, static type-checking: It is possible to take an existing object and modify its structure until it is an instance of a given class, which is possibly only known or even constructed at run-time. Still, the static analysis ensures that message-not-understood errors can never occur at run-time.

It is possible to define relations between classes, e.g., to specify that the class MyPoint must be a subclass of YourPoint (without committing to exactly what classes they are). This makes it possible to define a kind of constraint graph of classes. It ensures that certain relations hold, such that one inheritance operation may give rise to a complex but orderly propagation of type changes in a framework of classes.”

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