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"An explanation of just about everything in object-oriented design." -- C.C. Dilloway, Computer Books Review

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  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Dorset House (August 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932633315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932633316
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,684,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew D. Groves on March 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you are already familiar with OO programming, you can safely skip the first part. The second part is about an obsolete modeling language, so you can also skip it. The third part of this book is absolutely incredible, and a highly recommended read for any developer. (See also: [...])
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This book covers the basics concepts of object-oriented design before moving into the more advanced areas of design
principles, which is where it excels and is extremely valuable. It also contains an object-oriented design notation, although we have plenty of those, these days. I covet mine, as it is the best text on oo-anything I've seen yet. An absolute must-read for anyone doing any work with object-oriented concepts.
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I read this book when it first came out and at the time, considered it the best book on the theory of object-oriented programming ever written. While the contents are now somewhat dated, it is still an excellent reference. One of the most impressive aspects of the book is the coverage of the term "connascence." The following is the definition as it appears on page 183.

Connascence between two software components A and B means either

1. that you can postulate some change to A that would require B to be changed (or at least carefully checked) in order to preserve overall correctness, or

2. that you can postulate some change that would require both A and B to be changed together in order to preserve overall correctness.

The reason why I consider this so critical is because so many errors in software are due to improperly managed or understood linkages between components. They are often the most difficult bugs to find, because the components can work correctly as stand-alone code, but fail when interacting.
Therefore, even though this book was published over a decade ago, it still contains one of the best explanations of the principles of object-oriented programming ever written.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 8, 2004
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There is a lot of good in this book. It offers a wide variety of basic design principles important to OO design: the Law of Demeter, a form of Liskov's Substitutability, stability of interfaces and behavior, and a fair discussion of coherence within a class and coupling between classes. It approaches Design by Contract and formal verification, without getting close enough to scare a beginner. It's first appendix anticipates Beck's "funny smells" and patterns for refactoring. It really does have large amounts of practical advice.
I truly wish I could recommend this book, but I can't. Its notation and vocabulary get in the way of its many messages. Every book has some boxes-and-arrows notation, and UML has become the accepted standard. This book predates UML, and offers one of the most ornate menus of different boxes I've seen. (The word "menu" comes to mind because so many of the diagrams look distractingly like a Big Mac to me.)
Page-Jones also edged into neologism, creating vocabularies for ideas that already had an established terminology. I know that, strictly speaking, he did not invent "connascence" or most of its friends (contranascence, disnascence, ...). Still, he seemed to cut the words out of their original context and wedge them, uncomfortably, into usages distant from their accepted meaning. That far a stretch is about the same thing as making the word up from scratch. It may be OK for advanced mathematical usages; a book for mainstream readers should stick to the main stream of common terms.
The technical advice in this book deserves much better than three stars. Its obsolescent notation and opaque vocabulary interfere with a modern reader's understanding, though. Beginners, the ones most likely to benefit from the advice, would have the hardest time with it. I like the book and will come back to it, but I can't recommend it.
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