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Re: Re: Re: The world is not object oriented

by tilly (Archbishop)
on Jan 03, 2004 at 02:54 UTC ( #318451=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Re: The world is not object oriented
in thread The world is not object oriented

Exactly.

In any kind of programming design, OO or otherwise, the goal is to find a good representation for your purposes. My point is that there often isn't an "obviously natural" representation just waiting to be noticed, and existing OO systems have to stop at partially expressing the full conceptualization that the programmer might have of the problem domain.

OO is one toolkit for producing useful representations. It is a useful one (else it would not have become so popular), but it is not the only one, and it is not always the right one.


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Re: Re: Re: Re: The world is not object oriented
by Anonymous Monk on Jan 03, 2004 at 04:23 UTC
    OO is one toolkit for producing useful representations. It is a useful one (else it would not have become so popular), but it is not the only one, and it is not always the right one.

    If a tangent may be allowed here. I think discussing how OO can usefully model the problem space is the wrong angle. Very few problem spaces actually map directly or naturally to an OO model (simulation being one reasonable exception). OO has more to do with how we model our programs than how we model our problem space. Another way, OO is more about how we structure and manage our models, than about how we model.

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