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Object-Oriented Programming Ground Up
by Zoran Horvat @zoranh75
July 14, 2012

Many books and even more articles have been written about object-oriented programming and languages. And still new ones are being published almost every day. Why is that? Well, because object-oriented programming is changing. New languages arrive, older ones evolve. People think differently every morning when they wake up.

But as new generations of programmers arrive, carrying fresh views on the programming practices, one thing remains the same. Modern object-oriented languages still operate in the same fashion as their ancient predecessors ever did. Although some genuine doctrines have been invented in the meanwhile, like templates, or structured exception handling, majority of other novelties brought up by new languages are mostly cosmetic, primarily targeted at helping programmers produce code which is easier to write, understand and maintain.

Net effect of this kind of languages evolution is that those same new generations of programmers, raised on latest designs in programming theory, are not coming with sense of the broad base on which those same designs are still standing. Many programmers of today, even successful ones, have difficulties to understand what happens if they write this or that construct in languages like Java, C#, Objective-C, and many others. They do have common understanding of the effects of each such piece of code, but what happens in memory, what happens in CPU of the computer, that makes them trouble.

This series of lessons, maybe pretentiously titled Object-Oriented Programming Ground Up aims at that sfumato condensed behind so many applications of today. Please proceed through the lessons and try to enjoy them.

Start reading from Lesson 1 - From Structure to Class.

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Published: Jul 14, 2012; Modified: Apr 14, 2013


Zoran is software architect dedicated to clean design and CTO in a growing software company. Since 2014 Zoran is an author at Pluralsight where he is preparing a series of courses on object-oriented and functional design, design patterns, writing unit and integration tests and applying methods to improve code design and long-term maintainability.

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