You've written some lines of Java code and created a few objects, yet you understand that this doesn't constitute true object-oriented programming. As a Java programmer, you want to get more out of your efforts. This introduction to the basics of object-oriented programming and the Unified Modeling Language (UML) will give you a firm foundation on which to build high-quality software systems that reap the full benefit of an objectoriented approach. This book not only explains the essence of the object-oriented paradigm, but also places it in the context of real-world application development, so you can reap the concrete benefits of programming with objects.
The Essence of Object-Oriented Programming with Java and UML, comprehensive in scope, addresses a broad range of essential topics, from initial design through implementation. Familiarize yourself with the basics of objects and how they are manifested in Java, the process of objectoriented analysis and design, and building the user interface. Then explore a variety of recent developments in the field, including design patterns, refactoring, development methodologies, and helpful tools.
Specific topics covered include:
• Introduction to object orientation and objectoriented terminology
• The fundamentals of UML
• Defining classes in Java
• Inheritance, association, aggregation, composition, and encapsulation
• Evaluating candidate objects
• Building the graphical user interface with Swing
• MVC (Model, View, Controller) with Java
• Development methodologies, including Extreme Programming and the Unified Process
• Development tools, including a complete free version of Borland JBuilder on the CD
To provide a real-world focus, the book offers numerous examples as well as a small case study illustrating how an object-oriented approach leads to effective, robust, and efficient software solutions. The author's best practices, based on his extensive professional experience, reveal valuable techniques and approaches for successful object-oriented projects.