An Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming

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Object-oriented programming is an approach to thinking about computation and problem solving. Timothy Budd lays out the principles of object-oriented programming, illustrating these principles in a language independent manner. You will discover the basic concepts of object-oriented programming as well as the principles of designing by responsibility and encapsulation. Features *Explains the terminology of object-oriented programming. *Discusses recent changes and additions to C++, such as templates, name spaces, booleans, strings, run-time typing, and the standard library. *Presents case studies in the programming language Java, illustrating differences between Java and C++. *Covers advanced topics such as metaclasses, delegation, design patterns, application frameworks, and techniques used in the implementation of object-oriented languages. *Includes case studies of object-oriented applications illustrating important ideas and comparing the various features of different languages. Complete source code is provided in the appendices. 0201824191B04062001

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This slender volume provides a great first taste of object- oriented concepts such as encapsulation and inheritance. An Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming explains all the key technical concepts and goes on to explore the "whys" of programming, such as why a program that one programmer could write in two months probably couldn't be written by two programmers in one month. The reason? Complexity.

As a textbook, An Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming does what you would expect--it explains all the key object-orientation concepts clearly and understandably. This book then goes beyond the basics to show why the object concept is strong in terms of design and economics, allowing readers to grasp more than just the technical aspects of the subject. Because examples are in C++, SmallTalk, Objective C, and Object Pascal, this book works well if you're trying to learn object orientation generally, without focusing too much on the mechanics of a particular language. An added attraction is that this book has been recently revised to include some Java information, helping readers to see how object orientation works on the cutting edge as well as in more established languages. This book is useful if you have some experience in programming, but want to expand your knowledge into object orientation by way of clear examples and technical but far-reaching prose.

About the Author:

Timothy A. Budd is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Oregon State University. Budd received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Western Washington University, and his masters and doctorate degrees in computer science from Yale University. His research interests include multi-paradigm programming languages, programming environments, compiler implementation and optimization techniques.0201824191AB04062001

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