Object-Oriented Software Construction
|Object-Oriented Software Construction|
|Subject||software object-oriented programming|
|Publication date||1988, 1997|
|Pages||1254 + xxviii|
|ISBN||ISBN 0-13-629155-4 (1997 ed.)|
|Dewey Decimal||005.1/17 21|
|LC Classification||QA76.64 .M493 1997|
Object-Oriented Software Construction is a book by Bertrand Meyer, widely considered a foundational text of object-oriented programming. The first edition was published in 1988; the second, extensively revised and expanded edition (more than 1300 pages), in 1997. Numerous translations are available including Dutch (first edition only), French (1+2), German (1), Italian (1), Japanese (1+2), Persian (1), Polish (2), Romanian (1), Russian (2), Serbian (2), and Spanish (2). The book has been cited thousands of times  in computer science literature. The book won a Jolt award in 1994.
Unless otherwise indicated, descriptions below apply to the second edition.
The book, often known as "OOSC", presents object technology as an answer to major issues of software engineering, with a special emphasis on addressing the software quality factors of correctness, robustness, extendibility and reusability. It starts with an examination of the issues of software quality, then introduces abstract data types as the theoretical basis for object technology and proceeds with the main object-oriented techniques: classes, objects, genericity, inheritance, Design by Contract, concurrency, and persistence. It includes extensive discussions of methodological issues.
Table of contents
Part B: The road to object orientation
Part C: Object-oriented techniques
Part D: Object-oriented methodology:
Part E: Advanced topics
Part F: Applying the method in various
Part G: Doing it right
Part H: Appendices
The first edition of the book used Eiffel for the examples and served as a justification of the language design choices for Eiffel. The second edition also uses Eiffel as its notation, but in an effort to separate the notation from the concepts it does not name the language until the Epilogue, on page 1162, where "Eiffel" appears as the last word. A few months after publication of the second edition, a reader posted on Usenet his discovery that the book's 36 chapters alternatively start with the letters "E", "I", "F", "F", "E", "L", a pattern being repeated 6 times. In addition, in the Appendix, titled "Epilogue, In Full Frankness Exposing the Language" (note the initials), the first letters of each paragraph spell out the same pattern.
- Web search, August 2006
- The ACM's Guide to Computing Literature counts 2,233 citations as of December, 15, 2011 for the second edition alone in computer science journals and technical books; Google Scholar (December 15, 2011) lists 7,305 citations; the book appears as number 35 in the Citeseer list of all-time most cited works (books, articles etc.) in computer science, with 1260 citations (September 2006).
- Jolt winners 1997