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Object-Oriented Software Construction (Prentice-Hall International series in computer science) Hardcover – September, 1994
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Top Customer Reviews
precise definition and clarity of terms and concepts. In my personal opinion, the
commercial aspects that strongly affect this area, comparing to other technological
ones, contributes to open the computing book market for authors of highly questionable
experience and a quite shalow knowledge about the matter they're treating. For example, it
is not unusual to see the same author (or group of authors) writing books about Java, .NET,
JSP, ASP, Perl, OO, C/C++ and so on.
Bertrand Meyer's OO book is an exception in this tendency. The subjects treated are logically
distributed and the concepts are clearly and precisely defined. Then, the reader gets an
intuitive and deep understanding of OO theoretical aspects, independent of OO language
specifics. All the concepts are perfectly prioritized and sequenced: software quality before
OO, ADT before classes, features before functions, DBC before exception handling. Every
single concept bases the following ones. I must say, however, that the author should be more
concise: he writes too much to explain a single concept. He reveals his large academic
literate background inserting unnecessary large comments in the text. The book could have
a quite less number of pages without any loss in learning the main concepts.
I sincerely do not see any problem about the relation between the OO concepts presented and
their practical implementation: EIFFEL language. At least, the author shows concretely that
the concepts treated in the book are implementable. If there were not any language to
complete and support the theoretical aspects, we could say : "Ok, all the concepts
in the book are perfect and beautiful, but the closest programming language to
these concepts we can use is JAVA, for example."