Eiffel Glossary

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Eiffel uses a precisely defined terminology. That terminology sometimes sounds strange to programmers used to other languages, but it's only because (1) there has been a systematic effort to classify object-oriented concepts in a logical way; (2) some of the terms predate terminology that is used in other languages. You will see, however, that behind every choice of term there is a carefully devised rationale.

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A property of a class that denotes a field present in each instance of the class.
A group of logically related classes that have something in common. The corresponding class texts are generally stored in files of a single directory.
An operation (command or query) applicable to all instances of the class, and specified in the class text. Routines and attributes are examples of fetures.
A group of related classes, devised to cover all the facilities needed in a certain application areas. A library is made of a number of clusters.
In a class, a feature with an associated algorithm, so that calling the feature executes that algorithm.