Language Shield

A LanguageShield is some feature of a programming language put in to hide what you are doing, to give you protection, something to hide behind to give you room to change your mind, perhaps. As opposed to DesignShield, which serves the same purpose, but is not provided by the language but by program design.

Could it be that most Language Shields were Design Shields before they migrated into the language? See DesignShield for a discussion.

See also ShieldPattern by AlistairCockburn, where I first read the term "shield". -- FalkBruegmann


Some examples would be helpful. Perhaps ...

In C++, More?

Deep orthogonality and consistency in the language. For example:

When all implementation strategies look the same, you don't need to worry about which one an object uses.

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