This tutorial defines and teaches the basic object-oriented concepts, illustrates their advantages, and introduces the components and features of object-oriented programming languages and development environments. The tutorial enables an attendee to make an informed decision about what language/environment will best serve his/her software development needs.
The first part of the tutorial discusses in detail all object-oriented concepts and uses UML and Java to illustrate them. The focus will be on a precise, non-confusing definition of the core concepts and terminology. Basic object-oriented concepts, such as object, instance, class, interface, attribute, service, message passing, hierarchy, inheritance, polymorphism, late binding, memory management, access specification and packaging, will be presented.
The second part of the tutorial compares the major object-oriented programming languages: C++, Java, C#, and others. The comparison is done with a double focus: (1) how does the language support and enforce the concepts, and (2) how does the language help software development? A small case study program, solved in all the languages, will be presented to answer these questions. Whether and how each language supports advanced concepts, like multiple and repeated inheritance, genericity, interfaces, is discussed in detail.
This tutorial is targeted towards software professionals who are interested in learning the fundamental concepts and advantages of object-oriented programming and how to apply them in a modern software development environment. No previous knowledge of object-oriented concepts is assumed. The attendees should have a fundamental background in computer science and/or computer programming.
Raimund K. Ege is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Florida International University, Miami. He is author of several books on object oriented concepts, including a chapter on the Object-Oriented Language Paradigm in the upcoming "Computer Science and Engineering Handbook" edited by Allen B. Tucker (CRC Press, 2003). He is an active researcher in the area of object-oriented concepts, and their application to programming, user interfaces, databases, simulation and software engineering. He has presented numerous successful and highly rated tutorials at major conferences (OOPSLA, ECOOP, TOOLS).