Proxies: Design Principles for Robust Object-oriented Intercession APIs

Tom Van Cutsem
Mark S. Miller
Dynamic Languages Symposium, ACM(2010)


Proxies are a powerful approach to implement meta-objects in object-oriented languages without having to resort to metacircular interpretation. We introduce such a meta-level API based on proxies for Javascript. We simultaneously introduce a set of design principles that characterize such APIs in general, and compare similar APIs of other languages in terms of these principles. We highlight how principled proxy-based APIs improve code robustness by avoiding interference between base and meta-level code that occur in more common reflective intercession mechanisms.

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