wanted book recommendation for Object Oriented Programming

Neil Benn neil.benn at cambridgeantibody.com
Tue May 29 04:57:48 EDT 2001

I used Introduction to Object-Orientated Programming in my Masters and
thought it was excellent - simple, clean English explaining the concepts
without resorting to complicated programming examples (the worst it uses is



"Alex Martelli" <aleaxit at yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> "Laura Creighton" <lac at cd.chalmers.se> wrote in message
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> > But I have found a hole.  I need a book every bit as excellent
> > (and terse) as the rest of my list that teaches Object Oriented
> > Programming to somebody who has never studied it.  If you know the
> You may want to have a look at the second edition of Scott
> Ambler's "Object Primer" (Cambridge University Press).  It's
> not really about *CODING* -- it's more about process, notation
> (too many diagrams for my heavily-verbal tastes, but most
> people seem to like that), etc.  Haven't actually seen the
> 2nd edition, but I hear it's now out, and an improvement on
> the first one, which was quite a decent piece of work (not
> really to MY *personal* taste, but I freely acknowledge my
> taste is not that of most people...).  In any case, visiting
> http://www.ambysoft.com/theObjectPrimer.html should give
> you enough info & pointers that you can make up your own mind!
> Booch's "Object Oriented Analysis and Design, with Applications"
> unfortunately fails your terseness-measure.  It IS truly excellent
> otherwise.  Dated (a 3rd edition, with Booch should co-author
> with Martin and Newkirk, is rumored, but don't hold your breath)
> but, in a sense, timeless.  But it doesn't truly address the
> beginner to OO.  And it's strongly focused on C++ -- you do say
> you don't care about the programming language used, but C++ is
> *horribly* complex... if a reader doesn't know it, the book's
> worth would be seriously lessened for him or her.
> Although I've never seen them myself, I've heard nothing but
> good things about a couple books by Timothy Budd.  One was
> titled, I believe, "The Little Smalltalker" (I'm quoting by
> memory, this should be checked), and was said to focus cleanly
> on OO principles and elementary concepts.  The other, something
> like "Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming", was
> multi-language and equally well-focused.  I believe Addison
> Wesley was the publisher.  Sorry for the "second-hand" info,
> but I believe you can get sample chapters of these books from
> somewhere online, so making your mind up should be quite
> feasible here...
> Alex

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