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Review: Objects Unencapsulated: Java, Eiffel and C++??

Sep 17, 1999, 19:45 (11 Talkback[s])
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[ Linux Today reader Geoff Eldridge writes: ]

"Objects Unencapsulated: Java, Eiffel and C+, the book version of Ian Joyner's [in]famous C++?? Critique has been recently published. Ian writes:

My book is about the strengths and weaknesses of some major object technologies. It dispels some of the myths of object technology and gives you ways to make the best use of it. I hope readers will find the many perspectives in it interesting and useful. If we really can't produce quality software economically, what is the point? My book is different to the many others because it is not just a glowing review and hype about objects. Yes OT is a good technology, but there is more to it than that. We still need to get many other things right. This book will not be popular with certain segments of the industry, because it gets to the truth, but I wrote it because I felt it needed writing, and the industry needs its message if computing is to become a respectable profession.

If you want the truth behind programming in general and object technology in particular, you cannot afford to miss my book.

Roger Browne provides an interesting review and concludes:

You won't agree with everything Ian has to say (especially if you consider C++ to be the epitome of programming bliss), but you'll come away from this book with abroader understanding of the issues surrounding serious modern software development and the tools we use to accomplish it.

Recommendation: buy it (Eiffel users), borrow it (Java users), or steal one and ceremonially burn it (C++ users)."