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Q: What does Objectica provide?
  With respect to object orientation, almost the full functionality of Java and C# is covered.
   
Q: Why not use Java or C# directly?
  Mathematica provides a complete platform for computer algebra and offers symbolic processing, many mathematical functions, equation solvers, 3D graphics, and more.
   
Q: How is my way of programming supported?
 
  • Classes can be defined in several parts
  • Free decision-making about class design, because the root class has no functionality
  • Names of class members and method parameters may be identical
  • Order of class members is irrelevant
  • Definitions are made directly and not by means of strings
  • Free decision-making about storage of a class or generation "on the fly"
  • Free decision-making about polymorphism, because it is controlled by means of a modifier
  • Attributes of class methods do not affect global functions
  
Q: How do I save my work?
 
  • Source code of classes can be organized arbitrarily while namespaces (contexts) can be freely chosen
  • Simple organization of classes in packages is possible
  • Saving objects is simple, taking into account that fields marked transient are not exported
  • All used objects and anonymous classes at any level are automatically saved with an object (circular references allowed)
  
Q: How fast is Objectica?
  Any access to a class member typically takes far less than a millisecond.
  
Q: Is it easy to learn how to use Objectica?
  Yes. Programmers especially appreciate the close similarity to Java and C# (identical concepts, equally named keywords, and a dot operator for access).
  
Q: How am I supported in my development of classes?
 
  • Many consistency checks during class definition
  • Optional warning messages for reference to global functions or symbols
  • Automatic update of all derived classes during the change of a class definition
  • Concept of abstract fields facilitates forcing an interface
  • Optional polymorphism of static class members automatically uses the right context
  • Automatically used access methods for properties shortens the source code without loss of functionality
  • Context sensitive popup menus with class members
  • Easy syntax prevents distraction
  
Q: What kind of documentation is provided?
 
  • A user's guide describes the package and its applications
  • A reference guide describes all functions as well as the keywords, and gives examples for all methods to call a function or use a symbol
  
Q: What happens if I call a function incorrectly?
  In case of an invalid usage, few descriptive error messages are printed and the call is aborted.
  
Q: How can someone use my classes without the package?
  Classes can be saved and deployed together with a runtime environment.
  
Q: How is the development of commercial class libraries supported?
 
  • Classes can be protected against inquisitorial looks and still be utilized (for Mathematica users: assignments to static fields despite Protected, ReadProtected, and Locked)
  • All class members are automatically stored in the namespace of the class without special declaration (for Mathematica users: also in private sections of a package)
  
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