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object-oriented programming
Last modified: Tuesday, January 07, 2003 

A type of programming in which programmers define not only the data type of a data structure, but also the types of operations (functions) that can be applied to the data structure. In this way, the data structure becomes an object that includes both data and functions. In addition, programmers can create relationships between one object and another. For example, objects can inherit characteristics from other objects.

One of the principal advantages of object-oriented programming techniques over procedural programming techniques is that they enable programmers to create modules that do not need to be changed when a new type of object is added. A programmer can simply create a new object that inherits many of its features from existing objects. This makes object-oriented programs easier to modify.

To perform object-oriented programming, one needs an object-oriented programming language (OOPL). Java, C++ and Smalltalk are three of the more popular languages, and there are also object-oriented versions of Pascal.

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Object Oriented Links and Resources 
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The Object Oriented Soapbox 
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Links to information pertaining to C++ and object oriented programming. Covers documention, tutorials, newsgroups, and conference information.

Component Technology Home Page
Provides links to component-oriented and component-based software development resources on the Web.

DevCentral Tutorials: C/C++
Tutorials on C, C++, and general object oriented programming.

Object-oriented methodologies - paper
Includes a brief evaluation of four of the leading object-oriented methodologies: Booch, Coad-Yourdon, Rumbaugh and Shlaer-Mellor

Overview of object oriented software
Find answers to what object oriented software is by descriptions of its elements, sample code, and brief descriptions of object oriented software products.

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Home page for Python, an interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming language. Visitors to this site will find information on where to download the source code, related files and documentation.

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