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Which Path?

Please peruse the graphic below and then answer these questions for BD00: Is it a forgone conclusion that object-oriented development is the higher quality path from requirements to source code for all software-intensive applications? Has object-oriented development transitioned over time from a heresy into a dogma?

SA vs OO

With the rising demand for more scaleable, distributed, fault-tolerant, concurrent systems and the continuing maturation of functional languages (founded on immutability, statelessness, message-passing (e.g. Erlang, Scala)), choosing between object-oriented and function-oriented technical approaches may be more important for success than choosing between agile development methodologies.

  1. April 26, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I see people now who are very hidebound when it to comes to OOP. I think OOP is a powerful way to organize functionality. But not everything has to be an object. There’s nothing wrong with stand alone functions, for instance. I use them all the time because it makes more sense many times. With Boost and C++, you can certainly duplicate the advantages that Erlang brings to the table, but of course that is like saying “I can write OOP in C! I don’t need C++!”

    • April 26, 2013 at 9:15 am

      Thanks for the input Mark. Although the post seems to imply it, I’d like to think that it’s not a black & white situation either. That’s why I like C++ over pure OO langs. Can have stand-alone funcs in addition to classes in your programs. OO purists tend to look down upon this type of “mixing”. Before Java adopted Generics, some Java people looked down upon C++ “templates”. For some strange reason, even though Java is becoming multi-paradigmed, they still look down on C++ – like some C++ people look down upon Java πŸ™‚ Then there are those people who look down on both C++ and Java as outdated “legacy” languages πŸ™‚

      • April 26, 2013 at 9:56 am

        “Legacy” languages, eh? Funny, everything else is built on top of C and C++, isn’t it? Not sure a lot of younger web programmers realize that…. To make cycle sucking stuff like JavaScript possible, you need an efficient underlying base….

  2. April 26, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Making “choosing between” (a binary choice) has always felt like an inferior strategy compared to “choosing from”. Being able to select items (whether process or technology) and synthesize a solution that fits my current context seems best to me.

    • April 26, 2013 at 9:16 am

      Agreed. It’s simply easier to write a short post throwing down the gauntlet between black/white, good/bad. Plus, it gets extremists on both sides riled up – and that’s one of BD00’s goals in life πŸ™‚

      • April 26, 2013 at 9:28 am

        Their faces do turn such pretty shades of red and purple πŸ˜‰

    • April 26, 2013 at 9:57 am


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