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 object-oriented 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.
Introduction to object orientation and object-oriented 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.