The Object-Oriented Thought Process

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Pearson Education, Aug 25, 2008 - Computers - 360 pages
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The Object-Oriented Thought Process

Third Edition


Matt Weisfeld


An introduction to object-oriented concepts for developers looking to master modern application practices.


Object-oriented programming (OOP) is the foundation of modern programming languages, including C++, Java, C#, and Visual Basic .NET. By designing with objects rather than treating the code and data as separate entities, OOP allows objects to fully utilize other objects’ services as well as inherit their functionality. OOP promotes code portability and reuse, but requires a shift in thinking to be fully understood. Before jumping into the world of object-oriented programming languages, you must first master The Object-Oriented Thought Process.


Written by a developer for developers who want to make the leap to object-oriented technologies as well as managers who simply want to understand what they are managing, The Object-Oriented Thought Process provides a solution-oriented approach to object-oriented programming. Readers will learn to understand object-oriented design with inheritance or composition, object aggregation and association, and the difference between interfaces and implementations. Readers will also become more efficient and better thinkers in terms of object-oriented development.


This revised edition focuses on interoperability across various technologies, primarily using XML as the communication mechanism. A more detailed focus is placed on how business objects operate over networks, including client/server architectures and web services.


“Programmers who aim to create high quality software–as all programmers should–must learn the varied subtleties of the familiar yet not so familiar beasts called objects and classes. Doing so entails careful study of books such as Matt Weisfeld’s The Object-Oriented Thought Process.”

–Bill McCarty, author of Java Distributed Objects, and Object-Oriented Design in Java


Matt Weisfeld is an associate professor in business and technology at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. He has more than 20 years of experience as a professional software developer, project manager, and corporate trainer using C++, Smalltalk, .NET, and Java. He holds a BS in systems analysis, an MS in computer science, and an MBA in project management. Weisfeld has published many articles in major computer trade magazines and professional journals.


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Contents at a Glance Introduction
What Exactly Is a Class?
Mastering Inheritance and Composition
How to Think in Terms of Objects
Introduction to ObjectOriented Concepts 2 How to Think in Terms of Objects 3 Advanced ObjectOriented Concepts
Error Handling
The Concept of Scope
Designing with Interfaces
An EBusiness Example
Building Objects
Creating Object Models with
Serialization and Relational Databases

The Anatomy of a Class
Class Design Guidelines
Designing with Objects
The Anatomy of a Class
Advanced ObjectOriented Concepts
Mastering Inheritance and Composition
Designing with Interfaces and Abstract Classes
Why Encapsulation Is Fundamental to
in the Serialization Process
Loading the Driver
Objects and the Internet
Distributed Objects and the Enterprise
Objects and ClientServer Applications
Design Patterns
Design Patterns

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About the author (2008)

Matt Weisfeld is an associate professor in business & technology at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in Cleveland, Ohio.A member of the information technology faculty, he focuses on programming, web development, and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Tri-C,Weisfeld spent 20 years in the information technology industry gaining experience in software development, project management, small business management, corporate training, and part-time teaching. He holds an MS in computer science and an MBA in project management. Besides the first two editions of The Object-Oriented Thought Process, he has published two other computer books and articles in magazines and journals such as, Dr. Dobb’s Journal, The C/C++ Users Journal, Software Development Magazine, Java Report, and the international journal Project Management.

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