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Object Technology: A Manager's Guide Paperback – September 21, 1997

ISBN-13: 078-5342309942 ISBN-10: 0201309947 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 2nd edition (September 21, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201309947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201309942
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,229,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Object-oriented technology is arguably the most exciting and least understood development in software today. Given the amount of hype coming from both media and manufacturers, it's hard for corporate managers to assess its true potential.

This problem is of great concern to us at Servio. We see object-oriented technology as an important step toward the industrialization of software, in which programming is transformed from an arcane craft to a systematic manufacturing process. But this transformation can't take place unless senior managers understand and support it.

What the industry needs right now is a straightforward explanation of object-oriented technology at the management level, with a candid assessment of its real costs and benefits. As one of the leading innovators in object-oriented technology, Servio is in a unique position to provide that explanation. We have devoted the resources to carry out this task as a service to the industry as a whole, not to promote our own products. We believe that everyone will be better served by a clearer understanding of the transition we are about to make.

What you have in your hand, then, is our contribution to executive education - a no-nonsense explanation of the concepts and issues involved in object-oriented technology. We hope that David's clear, readable discussion will counter some of the hype surrounding this new technology and help you make more informed decisions about adopting the technology within your own company.

Servio Corporation 1420 Harbor Bay Parkway --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

"The first edition set a standard of excellence that has eluded all followers, and I have recommended it to my clients for years. The new edition is a gift to the field and should be required reading for all managers."
- Adrian J. Bowles, Ph.D., Vice President Giga Information Group

"One of the most readable introductions you will find. The new edition offers vital insights into the effective use of objects in business."
- Chris Stone, President Object Management Group

The first edition of Object Technology: A Manager's Guide is widely viewed as the classic introduction to this powerful computing concept. Object technology offers increased agility, significant time-to-market reduction, and the opportunity to exploit the potential of the World Wide Web by deploying globally distributed business systems. At a time when many of the world's largest companies are making the transition to object technology, David Taylor has updated his book to address the important issues facing the growth of object technology and to provide a glimpse into the future of this evolving paradigm. In updating this seminal work, David Taylor has retained the signature conciseness and,clarity of discussion that made the first edition a best-seller.

Object Technology: A Manager's Guide, Second Edition, covers the key terms, emerging concepts, and useful applications of objects. Managers, salespeople, engineers, software developers-anyone interested in understanding or implementing object technology-will find this a lucid introduction to the topic.

Highlights of this new edition include:

  • An explanation of how to use objects to create evolutionarysoftware that rapidly adapts to changing business conditions,eliminating the need for most new application development.
  • An introduction to Java, and an explanation of how its useof message interfaces enables a new generation of portable, mix-and-match, Internet-enabled business objects.
  • An update on the state of object databases and extended relationaldatabases, with guidelines for combining the two for optimal informationstorage.
  • An introduction to the new generation of object engines andhow they combine storage and execution capabilities for maximumsoftware integration.



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Customer Reviews

Dr. David Taylor clearly presents the concepts of object oriented programming.
Donald Lawson
I read this book, along with Entsminger's Tao of Objects, when I needed to gain a good "technical lay person's" understanding of object-oriented technology.
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The most amazing thing about this book is how it can be so complete, and yet so concise, at the same time.
Peter L. Olcott Jr.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be very helpful in understanding the concepts of object oriented programming. As I work in an industry that is related to technology, but not directly involved on a personal level with it (IT recruiting), I had an understanding of systems and languages, but nothing in depth. I have never been able to have someone explain the basics so clearly as Dr. Taylor does. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about OO, so long as they have a basic understanding of how computer systems and languages work and interact. He explains the concepts in an intelligent way that most non-technical people cannot, yet speaks in clear enough terms for laypeople that programmers often have difficulty with.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erik Gfesser VINE VOICE on November 3, 2003
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Note that, although the subtitle for this text implies Taylor's audience is solely managers, this book is suitable for anyone looking for a concise introduction to object-oriented software technology. Simply ignore some of the negative comments in other reviews regarding this book's viability in relation to early 21st-century software development - like almost every text written for an information technology audience, parts of this book, especially some of the predictions Taylor makes in the last chapters (at least in the first edition of the text), have been outmoded by lessons learned or shifts of focus in the past decade. Simply purchase the latest edition of texts such as this, especially if you are new to the topic - just remember that the new edition will undoubtedly be outmoded again in the future, but by that time you will probably have a handle on the topic and not need to refer back (at least very often) to an introductory text. What I like best about this text are the following: its conciseness (less than 150 pages) and compactness, its readability (very simple language - it is not written to impress by use of an extensive vocabulary), and its diagrams. As an individual who enjoys proper use of effective visual communication when technical topics are addressed, the simple diagrams are excellent - his use of the living cell as a model in understanding object basics like data and methods is ingenious, in my opinion. No code in this text, you say? If one is looking for an introductory OO text, why would he/she need code? Use of code would not only defeat the purpose of this text, but outmode it as soon as the next language of the day/week/month/year comes into fashion.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book gives a great introduction to object technology. It puts the technology in easy to understand terms and applies real-world business problems to objects.
However, it does oversimplify how object technology is implemented and the real-world actual and realistic value that object technology may afford an organization.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 2003
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I was frustrated with most of the material I came across on the subject of object technology when I first began to learn about it. I had a fair amount of programming experience in so-called structured techniques. When I wanted to learn about objects, everything I got hold of assumed I already knew the fundamental concepts and so either omitted any discussion entirely, or glossed over the basics and moved you right in to teaching some language. I was getting nowhere until I happened across this book.
Regardless of why you want to get a grip on object technology this book does a good job of introducing the fundamental concepts. It is not trying not to teach you a programming or modeling language, which was just the angle I needed. I'm pretty visually oriented and I found the illustrations quite helpful. The foundation I got from this this book enabled me to finally move on to more meaty things.
You don't have to be technical to deal with this book. Some of the later chapters may be more than what some people need, and the author's choice of evolution as an example of an object-oriented system may aggravate some readers.
I would recommend this book to mangers, technical writers, educators, and students as a good first book on the subject.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
Managers of software projects need to understand the fundamentals of object-oriented programming before they can effectively communicate with the developers they are managing. The purpose of this book is to provide an overview of object-oriented programming at the level of someone with a limited technical background. In that sense, it is an overwhelming success. I have taught object-oriented programming to experienced programmers for many years. When I first read this book in 1998, I was so impressed with some of the explanations that I have used modifications of them in my classes. There is no code in the book, most of the main ideas are demonstrated by diagram.
Although the programming world continues to change at a rapid rate, this is still the best introduction to the principles of object-oriented programming that is available to the non-technical person.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Vignes on August 11, 2005
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I gave a [highlighted] copy of this book to my boss. This was after reading it thoroughly several times. It is an excellent introduction to OO analysis and design issues.

This won't replace Booch, Rumbaugh, UML and GoF Design Patterns, but it will get you started on the road to better software development. This is a primer, a bird's-eye-view. It can serve as a common vocabulary and basis of communication between non-technical and technical ppl.

The best thing about this book is the strong integration of text, annotations and high-quality graphics. The ideas jump out of the page into your head. This book could be used as an introductory CS text in senior high school or freshman college.
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