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Portable reflection for C++ with Mirror

Journal: Journal of Information and Organizational Sciences (JIOS) (Vol.36, No. 1)

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Page : 13-26

Keywords : reflection; reflective programming; metaprogramming; design-pattern implementation;

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Reflection and reflective programming can be used in a broad range of tasks like implementation of serialization operations, remote procedure calls, scripting, automated user interface generation, implementation of several software design patterns, etc. C++ as one of the most prevalent programming languages however, for various reasons, lacks a standardized reflection facility. In this paper we present Mirror - a portable library adding reflection to C++ with a command-line utility automating its usage. This library supports functional style static compile-time reflection and metaprogramming and also provides two different object-oriented run-time polymorphic layers for dynamic reflection.

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