[prog] [Fwd: [svp] Re: Book Recommendation for OOP Design]

Darlene Wallach wallachd at earthlink.net
Mon Apr 5 15:28:41 EST 2004

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From: Alex Chaffee <alex at jguru.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2004 11:53:12 -0400
Subject: [svp] Re: Book Recommendation for OOP Design

Elizabeth -

_Refactoring_ changed my life.  Other than that, I agree that 
most if not all of the OO books are overly abstract and/or 
large-scale to be of much use as a primer.  In addition to 
_Refactoring_, I advise meditating on the definition of an Object:

An Object encapsulates State and Behavior.

This may sound new-agey and hokey, but my biggest conceptual 
breakthroughs with OO have turned out to be merely remembering 
and applying the above.  I know that that's the sort of advice 
that, to an expert, reminds him of lessons learned, but to a 
beginner, is just vague and truistic enough to be frustrating... :-)

  - Alex

  On Sun, Apr 04, 2004 at 05:24:12PM -0700, Darlene Wallach wrote:
> In case people have suggestions and/or comments for Elizabeth ...
> Darlene
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> To: programming at linuxchix.org
> From: etb <lizzy at soggytrousers.net>
> Date: 07 Jan 2004 07:50:10 -0600
> Subject: [prog] Book Recommendation for OOP Design
> Hi Everyone,
>     My little parser class based on regular expressions did not work
> out as well as I had hoped so I am re-evaluating it and I would very
> much like to make it more object-oriented in nature as currently its
> mostly procedural using objects.
>     I've invested in various OOAD books (Booch, Jacobson and 
> Coad) and
> have either read them or in the process of reading them but these 
> seem
> to be for designing large-scale systems (such as a luggage-tracker at
> an airport) as opposed to "hey, why not make that parser part an
> object and pass it around like this" sort of like the GoF's pattern
> book.
>     It seems like I'm having some difficulty jumping the hurdle 
> between
> procedural coding and OO coding. As such I'm wondering if anyone 
> has a
> book recommendation that may help me navigate this strait.
>     I'm considering purchasing these:
>          Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on
>            Object-Oriented Design by Alan Shalloway
>             http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0201715945/
>         Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code by Martin
>            Fowler
>             http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0201485672/
>         Applying UML and Patterns: An Introduction to Object-Oriented
>           Analysis and Design and the Unified Process (2nd 
> Edition) by
>           Craig Larman
>            http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0130925691/
>     Has anyone read the above? or there any others you suggest?
> Thank you,
> Elizabeth
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