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This paper proposes a software metric called Class Activeness Metric which helps to determine the level of accessibility of the members of a class when instantiated as objects. Complexity in object interactions can lead to time delays in accessing members not just confusing inheritance hierarchies. For non-complex object interactions, classes must be designed well in terms of easy accessibility. The paper results in the Class Activeness Metric, which gauges the quality of design of a class. The results of the paper raise the question of whether data hiding is beneficial for the design of a class or hampers it.
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