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CHAPTER 6: Access Types

6.1 Introduction

The notion of access type encompasses the concept of objects that are dynamically created during the execution of a program. In general, neither the number of such objects, nor their names, can be fixed in advance.

The inclusion of such a feature in a language raises what are traditionally some of the most difficult issues in language design, and indeed in programming. Accordingly, the first section of this chapter is devoted to an overview of these issues. This will serve as background for an exposition of the approach adopted in Ada.

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