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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Monday July 30, 2007
08:55 AM

O'Reilly's Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design

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So, is this any good, or is it complete crap? If I read it, would I learn Object-Oriented Design & Analysis, or would I learn how to design an elephant?

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  • I can't speak to the quality of the Head First book, but one of the books that's helped me the most has been the "Gang of Four"'s Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software [].

    It's not so much a philosophical treatise on the merits of OOP, but a fantastic reference to the 20 or so patterns which cover pretty much all OOP systems/workflows. The examples are concrete programming examples, not obtuse metaphors. It's definitely in my top 10 favorite books. These core 20 or so patterns have re