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Abstract: The object-oriented model is often motivated by its support for new emerging application areas such as finite element analysis (FEA), computer-aided design or office automation systems. However, our experience when building such a system (FEA) using an object-relational database management system is that an object-oriented model extended with multi-methods is needed. Our application domain also needs support for multi-methods where methods may be called with any configuration of bound or unbound arguments, multi-directional queries. In this paper we show by using excerpts from an FEA application the benefits of multi-directional multi-methods and we also show how to process queries with multi-directional multi-methods and how to make these optimizable in presence of late binding.
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