abstract

<philosophy> A description of a concept that leaves out some information or details in order to simplify it in some useful way.

Abstraction is a powerful technique that is applied in many areas of computing and elsewhere. For example: abstract class, data abstraction, abstract interpretation, abstract syntax, Hardware Abstraction Layer.

Last updated: 2009-12-09

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ABSET « absolute path « absolute pathname « abstract » abstract class » abstract data type » abstract interpretation

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