What Object-Oriented Programming Can Mean for Structural Engineers

by Gregory R. Miller, Univ of Washington, Seattle, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Electronic Computation


In recent years, object-oriented programming has become an important topic in the computational community. Although generally viewed as a programmers' tool, object-oriented programming can have a significant impact for system users as well as for system developers. By supporting the creation of programs and systems in which the program objects closely mirror those of the real-world domain in which the program is to be used, it is possible to make systems which are intelligible to professionals from the application domain (i.e. users), and to thereby provide them with greater control and flexibility in specifying, using, adapting and updating these systems. This paper presents an overview and interpretation of object-oriented programming from a structural engineering perspective, discussing the potential impact of current and future developments for both developers and users.

Subject Headings: Computer programming | Engineering profession | Structural design | Structural models | Computer software | Computer languages | Databases | Structural engineering

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