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OOP: You're Doing It Completely Wrong

by Kevin Berridge

Published January 10, 2014 in Programming

Presented at CodeMash 2.0.1.4

Chances are, most of us are primarily writing in Object Oriented Languages. But how many of us are truly doing Object Oriented Programming (OOP)? Objects are a powerful abstraction, but when all we do is write procedural code wrapped in classes we’re not realizing their benefits. That’s the tricky thing about OO, it’s easy to have Objects but still not be doing good OOP. This has led to a plethora of principles and patterns and laws, which are very valuable, but also easy to misunderstand and misapply. In this talk we’ll go back to the foundations of Objects, and take a careful look at some of the more useful OO principles. We’ll see how many modern frameworks force us into bad OO, but why occasionally that tradeoff is worth it. When we’re done, we’ll have a more nuanced understanding of what good OO is, what it can do for us, and when we should use it.