Object-oriented programming: an assessment of fundamental concepts and design considerations
Fink, Alan Lee
Nelson, Michael L.
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The latest buzzword penetrating the professional computer science literature is Object-Oriented Programming. Computer scientists extol its theoretical virtues while developers explore its potential for streamlining the process of software development. Amidst all this activity there remains substantial confusion about fundamental concepts and the programming language mechanisms which implement these concepts. Too often, students of object-oriented programming mistake proficiency in an object-oriented language for efficient application of object-orientation techniques. The immediate consequence is poorly conceived, sometimes conflicting, efforts at exploiting reusability, information hiding and other object-oriented capabilities. This thesis reviews the benefits attributed to object-oriented programming, arrives at definitions for fundamental concepts, advances recommendations for conducting object-oriented analysis and object-oriented design, and review some tradeoffs which designers need to consider when developing object-oriented classes and hierarchies.
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