Re: [vwrap] What does "ADT" mean?

Dzonatas Sol <dzonatas@gmail.com> Sat, 07 May 2011 21:48 UTC

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On 05/07/2011 01:29 PM, Boroondas Gupte wrote:
> Sorry to come up here with a 'language' issue, but this has confused me
> a bit. (Maybe because I'm not a native speaker of English.)
>
> The abbreviation "ADT" has been used on this list a lot recently. (I
> think mainly by Morgaine.) To me, it seems like in most of the uses here
> on the list, it has to have the meaning "abstract type system" to make
> any sense. Though, the only related expansion of the abbreviation I can
> find is "abstract data type", which isn't a synonym of "abstract type
> system", as far as I can tell. (If I've understood correctly, an
> abstract type system is composed from abstract data types and conversion
> rules between them.)
>
> If the use of "ADT" to mean "abstract type system" was just a mistake
> that got carried on for a short time, I suggest to cease using it in
> that meaning to avoid confusion and use the abbreviation only when you
> actually mean "abstract data type". Either write out "abstract type
> system" fully when you intend that meaning, or use a different
> abbreviation - maybe "ATS" or "ADTS" (for "abstract data type system").
>
> Cheers,
> Boroondas
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