03 April 2006

OOP: Attribute (Definitions)

"Additional characteristics or information defined for an entity." (Owen Williams, "MCSE TestPrep: SQL Server 6.5 Design and Implementation", 1998)

"A named characteristic or property of a class." (Craig Larman, "Applying UML and Patterns", 2004)

"A characteristic, quality, or property of an entity class. For example, the properties 'First Name' and 'Last Name' are attributes of entity class 'Person'." (Danette McGilvray, "Executing Data Quality Projects", 2008)

"Another name for a field, used by convention in many object-oriented programming languages. Scala follows Java’s convention of preferring the term field over attribute." (Dean Wampler & Alex Payne, "Programming Scala", 2009)

"1. (UML diagram) A descriptor of a kind of information captured about an object class. 2. (Relational theory) The definition of a descriptor of a relation." (David C Hay, "Data Model Patterns: A Metadata Map", 2010)

"A fact type element (specifically a characteristic assignment) that is a descriptor of an entity class." (David C Hay, "Data Model Patterns: A Metadata Map", 2010)

"A characteristic of an object." (Requirements Engineering Qualifications Board, "Standard glossary of terms used in Requirements Engineering", 2011)

"An inherent characteristic, an accidental quality, an object closely associated with or belonging to a specific person, place, or office; a word ascribing a quality." (DAMA International, "The DAMA Dictionary of Data Management", 2011)

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