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The Power of Abstraction

Barbara Liskov

Recorded 15 June 2010 in Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland

Event: SuRI - I&C - Summer Research Institute

Abstract

Abstraction is at the center 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 the basis for program construction, allowing programs to be built in a modular fashion.

This talk will discuss how the abstraction mechanisms we use today came to be, how they are supported in programming languages, and some possible areas for future research.

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