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Interface Framework v1.0.0

Copyright © 2009, Dave Snyder

All rights reserved.

Author: Dave Snyder

LAVA Name: Daklu

Contact Info: Contact via PM on lavag.org

LabVIEW Versions:

2009

Dependencies:

JKI's VI Tester is required if you want to execute the unit tests.

Description:

In object oriented programming, often a designer needs a class to include the behavior of two or more unrelated classes. Traditionally programming languages address this situation with "mulitple inheritance" or "Interfaces." Unfortunately, Labview supports neither. The Interface Framework provides a structure for giving your classes Interface-like behavior.

Installation and instructions:

Option 1 - Install the OpenG Package using VIPM. This will install the framework in \LAVA\Interfaces\_Framework. Navigate to the 'User Libraries -> LAVA Code Repository -> Interfaces' palette to use previously implmented interfaces. The 'Advanced' palette provides vis for interface implementers.

Option 2 - Copy the 'Interfaceable Class' and 'IUnknown Class' folders from Core\Source to the location of your choice.

Documentation:

The Core\Documentation folder contains the following files,

-Changelist.txt - Contains the revision history.

-Interface Framework.uml - Contains two class diagrams, one for the core framework and one for the Baby class implementation of the ISleepable interface, and a sequence diagram of the Interfaceable:GetInterface method. Use StarUML to view this file.

Examples:

Examples of implementing interfaces in classes and using the framework in applications can be found in the Sample Implementation or Unit Testing folders.

Known Issues:

No testing has been done with Interfaces that inherit from other Interfaces. Very little testing has been done with interfaceable objects inheriting from other interfaceable objects.

Acknowledgements:

Special thanks to kugr and SciWare for taking the time to look it over and provide valuable feedback. Thanks to Stephen Mercer for patiently answering my numerous questions and providing detailed explanantions. Thanks to the LAVA community for being willing to share knowledge and ideas.

Version History: (For previous changes see changelist.txt)

v0.12.0 - Nov 1, 2009 (Unreleased)

[Note - Public api has changed. Backwards compatibility may be broken.]

-Renamed Interfaceable:GetInterface to Interfaceable:CastToInterface.

-Renamed Interfaceable:RecoverObject to Interfaceable:CastToInterfaceable.

-Changed connector panes and icons for CastToInterface and CastToInterfaceable.

-Added context help text to CastToInterfaceable.

-Changed error message generated when CastToInterfaceable fails.

v0.11.0 - Oct 18, 2009

[Note - Public api has changed. Backwards compatibility may be broken.]

-The framework now follows a more intuitive model where the interfaceable object is "cast" into an Interface, operated on using the Interface, and "cast" back into the original object. This allows the framework to work with static, by-ref, and by-val data in classes and more closely follows Labview's data-flow model.

-Added Interfaceable:RecoverObject method. (Name is likely to change in a future version.)

-Changed connector pane of Interfaceable:GetInterface method to one similar to the 'To More Specific Class' primitive.

-IUnknown now has both protected and community scoped methods for SetTargetObject and GetTargetObject.

-Added by-val, by-ref, and static objects for unit testing. Added test cases for testing by-val and by-ref object. Added mock interface IInt and concrete implementations.

-Changed some banners and icons.

License:

Copyright © 2009, David Snyder

All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without

modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

* Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright

notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.

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documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.

* Neither the name of the author nor the

names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products

derived from this software without specific prior written permission.

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What's New in Version 1.0.0

Released

  • v1.0.0 - Dec 20, 2009
  • [Note - Disk hierarchy has changed. Backwards compatibility may be broken.]
  • -Rearranged disk hierarchy.
  • -Significant additions to the unit testing.
  • -Created open g package to distribute framework.



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