Overview

The foundation of all object-oriented software design, including agile methods such as extreme programming, is object thinking. But many developers have not mastered its underlying concepts and principles-relying on methodology and process instead of fully exploiting the power of object thinking in software design. In this essential, high-level reference, well-known object technologist David West provides a deep historical and contextual discussion of object thinking, including the behavioral approaches to object...
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Object Thinking

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Overview

The foundation of all object-oriented software design, including agile methods such as extreme programming, is object thinking. But many developers have not mastered its underlying concepts and principles-relying on methodology and process instead of fully exploiting the power of object thinking in software design. In this essential, high-level reference, well-known object technologist David West provides a deep historical and contextual discussion of object thinking, including the behavioral approaches to object discovery and design. Readers will master the fundamental principles and learn how to apply object thinking to improve software development at every phase of the process.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735637511
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 2/25/2004
  • Series: Developer Reference
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 1,240,739
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Dave West would like to describe himself as sheik geek. Unfortunately no one else would describe him in that way. They would say he is a professional Englishman who likes to talk about software development best practices with the passion and energy of an evangelical preacher. Recently Dave has moved to Ivar Jacobson Consulting, where he runs the Americas and can combine his desire to talk about software development and spread the word on rugby and football, and argue that cricket is more exciting that baseball.
Before running the Americas for Ivar Jacobson Consulting, Dave worked for a number of years at Rational Software (now a part of IBM). Dave held many positions at Rational and then IBM, including Product Manager for RUP where he introduced the idea of process plug-ins and agility to RUP. Dave still laments the days when he use to sit in a cube and write software in the city of London. This is where he believes he cut his teeth writing big insurance systems with nothing but a green screen and a process flow chart.

Dave can be contacted at dwest@ivarjacobson.com, and if he is not with customers or drinking warm beer with his friends in Boston, he will email you back.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
1 Object Thinking 1
2 Philosophical Context 33
3 From Philosophy to Culture 63
4 Metaphor: Bridge to the Unfamiliar 91
5 Vocabulary: Words to Think With 117
6 Method, Process, and Models 151
7 Discovery 183
8 Thinking Toward Design 219
9 All the World's a Stage 247
10 Wrapping Up 293
Bibliography 309
Index 321
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