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Concept Programming


Concepts need to be transposed from the application domain to the program domain. This process is called an abstraction. The important point is that an abstraction can be destructive. What appears in your code looks like the original concept, but it is not. This point bears repeating, because we programmers tend to forget it. Code is only a representation. Concepts live in the application domain. There are no concepts in the code, only concept representations. Or, as Magritte would say: This is not a pipe.

There are many popular methodologies today that help finding a way to abstract concepts: object-oriented design, design patterns, aspects or modelling languages. All these techniques, sometimes called paradigms are designed to guide you in the abstraction process.

Concept programming is not intended to displace any of these methodologies, but rather to explain the logic behind them, and to identify the base principles

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