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Don't bother to read my rambling reply unless you are an OO skeptic...
You can eschew OO jargon and consider objects to be user-defined data types, methods to be language extensions or function libraries, and inheritance to be a curiosity.
OO hype can be annoying and counterproductive.
From a user/programmer point of view, it is interesting to notice bugs that occur in applications due to over-fondness for objects. But cataloging this menagerie is unlikely to dampen the current enthusiam for objects.
Even before the first software object, there was a business in selling integrated circuits (ICs) made from semiconductors. These worked wonderfully, and you could design circuits with them without understanding the IC guts. Software developers became jealous, and proposed selling 'software ICs' with no exposed guts. This terminology only appealed to electrical engineers, and to broaden the appeal the name was changed to 'object oriented programming'. Nauseating terminology was introduced, and non-believers were declared incompetent to comment on the subject. New books were written, courses were attended, conferences were established, and money changed hands. Software productivity ground to a halt as developers retooled, and quality suffered for years.
I think the industry has mostly recovered from the OO setback, and now there is possibly some benefit from OO. As Abigail observed, OO enables the creation supportable spaghetti code. If programmers are going to write spaghetti, supportable spaghetti is better.
Last I checked, the overall semiconductor industry revenue is still larger than the overall software industry revenue. The irony is that they semiconductor designers use languages like Verilog, VHDL, and SPICE, which are not particularly OO, to design products that are actually tangible objects.
Electrical engineering is fun, perhaps you should check it out! In that domain, objects tend to be physical objects, the abstractions are less annoying, and there is still a decent living to be made.
It should work perfectly the first time! - toma
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