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Module

Meaning 1: Module as a General Concept

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A module is a piece of code that carries a name and is syntactically distinguished from other parts of the code.

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Several principles deal with the decomposition and interaction of classes, methods, procedures, functions, etc. In order to abstract from the concrete syntactic element—be it a class, a method, a procedure, a function, an executable or the like—the term “module” is used. A module is a general concept of a distinguishable part of the code which can be represented by a variety of language constructs.

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Meaning 2: Module in the Context of Modular Programming

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  • Unit

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In the context of modular programming “module” refers to the concept of a specific part of a system encapsulating a certain piece of functionality.

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Meaning 3: Module as a Language Construct

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In some programming languages “module” may refer to a certain language feature more or less linked to the module concept in modular programming (see above).

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Other Meanings

  • In the context of testing, “module” may refer to the smallest separately testable piece of code.

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glossary/module.txt · Last modified: 2013-08-11 10:52 by christian