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Hardcover Program Development in Java: Abstraction, Specification, and Object-Oriented Design Book

ISBN: 0201657686

ISBN13: 9780201657685

Program Development in Java: Abstraction, Specification, and Object-Oriented Design

Written by a world-renowned expert on programming methodology, and the winner of the 2008 Turing Award, this book shows how to build production-quality programs--programs that are reliable, easy to maintain, and quick to modify. Its emphasis is on modular program construction: how to get the modules right and how to organize a program as a collection of modules. The book presents a methodology effective for either an individual programmer, who may...

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Great book!

This is one of the best Computer Science books I have read. It is one of those books where every word is worth reading. And it is so concise. After reading this book, I understood clearly what exceptions were, how good design is done, etc. Also, the fundamental concepts like abstraction, decomposition, etc are so brilliantly described that you will never be hazy about them again. The most favourite topic of mine is the procedural SPECIFICATION part using the REQUIRES, MODIFIES, EFFECTS clauses. It really helped me see how procedures are specified.Finally, a word of caution. This is not a book for beginners or for those who are looking for learning Java syntax for writing toy programs. If you have been programming in a OO language (any OO language)for some time and have been using terms like abstraction, design etc without FULLY understanding them, or if you want to learn how to methodically approach the programming process, this book is indispensable!Thanks you Prof. Liskov, I learnt so much from your book.

An excellent book to start becoming an expert in Java

I have some problems understanding inheritance and other OO terms. This book teach not only the meaning of those term but also teach the advantages and how to use them. After reading this book, i know why those term is very important (inheritance, abstraction, etc) and can use it in my programming life.If you'd like to become java expert, buy this book.

Superb page turner

This is a great book for anyone interested in learning about OO programming. Probably the best way to read it is to skim the entire book first to get the main concepts and then go back and study it thoroughly. Don't get misled by the "Java" in the title --- it's equally applicable to C++ or any other OO language.

Excellent OO book

Even though "Java" is mentioned in the title of this book, it is not a book on programming in Java. It is much better than that. Plenty of books exist to teach the syntax of Java already; this book provides excellent discussions on designing good programming modules (e.g. classes) that are cohesive units without undesired coupling to other modules in one's design. The discussions of the concepts of mutability, representation-invariants, adequacy, and object specifications are the best I have seen, and Liskov uses these concepts to show how to build extensible classes. This book also has good information about the whole process of developing software; it does not focus on coding, but it does discuss implementing key concepts using Java as the implementation language.This book is not the Java version of some C++ book, but is an excellent software design and development book updated to use Java instead of a custom language called CLU that was used in the previous version. Those looking for a book on good Java usage should check out _Practical_Java_ by Haggar or something similar.
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