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Generic String Objects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112154D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 20K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Coskun, N: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Link Editor is an important part of an application builder. One important task in the link editor is to initialize the parameters of the methods by using correctly typed values. The most natural typed value in a user interface is string. Strings may not be appropriate data type for all cases.

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Generic String Objects

      Link Editor is an important part of an application builder.
One important task in the link editor is to initialize the parameters
of the methods by using correctly typed values.  The most natural
typed value in a user interface is string.  Strings may not be
appropriate data type for all cases.

      A generic string object is used to represent value holder
objects in the link editor.  The generic string object are
initialized with a string.  The generic string object can return its
value as an integer, real or object(from an object dictionary with
string key).

      The usage of generic string object simplifies the
implementation of the link editor by eliminating the unnecessary
conversions.  The conversions are only  made when the correct typed
value is needed.