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.
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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.