Friday, 13 November 2009

Straight from the scientist's mouth

"Abstraction is at the centre of much work in Computer Science. It encompasses finding the right interface for a system as well as finding an effective design for a system implementation. Furthermore abstraction is an important way to make progress within computer science: once the right abstraction has been defined, it allows previously unresolved problems to be ignored from then on and provides a building block for future work. This talk will discuss abstraction mechanisms, their support in programming languages, and their use in designing and implementing programs." This from the promotional text for a speech at MIT The Power of Abstraction by Barbara Liskov MIT/CSAIL

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