As you might expect from a language that deals with
set expressions, BBQ uses set operators: union, intersection,
You can use these operators to combine two set expressions.
An equivalent expression to the previous example could be written
( public methods in class "java.util.ArrayList" ) union
( private methods in class "java.util.ArrayList" ).
What may be less obvious is that set expressions can also be used
to combine transforms. A commonly used transform that can be
applied to classes
( calls to methods in ) union ( references to fields
in ). The union of two transforms applied to a set expression Foo
is equivalent to the union of the two set expressions that would
be obtained by applying each transform to Foo; the
same goes for the other set operators.
As you become
experienced with BBQ,
you will much more commonly use the set operators
with transforms than with set expressions, because the
resulting set expressions are more compact with less duplication:
You would prefer
( calls to methods in ) union ( references to fields in )
( calls to methods in class "java.util.ArrayList" )
union ( references to fields in class "java.util.ArrayList" )
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