Top 5 books to Learn Object Oriented Programming - Must Read, Best of Lot

The OOP or Object Oriented Programming is one of the most popular  programming paradigms which helps you to organize code in re the l world system. It's a tool which helps you to write complex software by thinking in terms of objects. Unlike its predecessor procedural programming paradigm which is implemented most notably by C, which solves the problem and complete task by writing code for computers, OOP style of programming allows you to think in terms of real world objects which has both state and behavior. You can view anything as objects and then find their state and behaviors, this will help you to simulate that object in code.

Unfortunately, programmers don't learn OOP or Procedural or Functional programming, what they learn is a programming language and as a side effect of that, they learn these paradigms. Since many developers learn Java, C++, or Python they learn OOP, but not in the true sense, hence a college graduate struggle to apply common OOP concepts in practice.

That's why it's very important for a professional programmer to read a couple of books on Object-Oriented Analysis and design until you learn that, there is no use of learning OOP basics e.g. Abstraction, Encapsulation, Inheritance, or Polymorphism. It is the process of applying those principles in practice which matters.

You also need to learn to make a trade off e.g. when Composition is better than Inheritance and when to use Abstract class over Interface. You should know about cohesion and coupling and learn tips on how to reduce coupling and cohesion while writing software because those are they key point for writing a maintainable application which can stand the test of time. These books provide enough guidance to understand those concepts.

5 Books to Learn OOP, Analysis, and Design

Here is my collection of 5 books to learn object-oriented programming, analysis, and design. This collection contains books for every kind of programmer i.e. it contains books like Head First Oriented Analysis and design which is great for beginners and it also contains books like "Elegant Objects" which is thought to provoke and a great read for experienced developers.

The list also contains essential books like "Clean Code" and "Head First Design Patterns" which will teach you how to write better code by applying OOP and SOLID design principles. Remember, your ultimate goal is to write software which is easier to maintain and extend because only on thing is constant in the software world and that is "Change".

Head First Object Oriented Analysis and Design
This is the best book to learn object oriented concepts and fundamentals. You will not only learn basics like Class, Object, Encapsulation, Polymorphism, Abstraction, and Inheritance but also advanced concepts like Composition, Delegation, Association, and Aggregation. The book will help you to think in terms of objects to solve the problem. They will teach you how to associate state and behavior with objects. On top of this, you will really appreciate the Head First style of doing it, which is much more than story telling. This is my most recommended books to beginner programmer who wants to learn OOP and how to apply that in real world applications.

Top 5 books to Learn Object Oriented Programming

Elegant Objects
I haven't read anything more interesting than this book in recent time. This book contains 23 practical recommendations for object-oriented programmers to take advantage of object-oriented programming techniques. This book is very opinionated though, the author has a strong opinion on that somethings are not right and hence it doesn't follow it. As per him static methods, null references, getters, setters, and mutable classes are all evil, which is not correct in my opinion. There is nothing like 100% OOP application and there never will be. The real world is all about thought full compromises and taking the best of everything to do the task in most effective manner. Though I really enjoyed reading this book and it definitely helps me to think better in terms of objects. I won't recommend this book to any beginner though, but it is sort of must-read for experienced OOP programmers.

Top 5 books to Learn OOP analysis and design

The Object-Oriented Thought Process
As the name suggestions, this book will teach you how to think in terms of Objects. It is another great book for beginners to learn OOP concepts and how to apply them in real-world projects. The book is great for programmers coming from C and other procedural programming languages, where you write instructions for the computer to do the task. The book will teach you how you can build complex systems surrounded by objects by just applying basic OOP concepts. In short, The Object-Oriented Thought process by Matt Weisfeld is must read for any beginner who wants to learn Object Oriented programming.

Best books to Learn Object Oriented Programming

Head First Design Patterns
If I have to say one book which has the biggest impact on my programming career then this is it. I got this book on 2007 when I was a junior developer, fresh from college with just theoretical knowledge of what is Abstraction, Encapsulation, Class, Object, or Inheritance. This book taught me why Composition is a better choice than Inheritance in many cases. This book taught me the real use of an interface and how to think in terms of objects by giving names like Flyable to an interface. Even though book talk about Design Patterns, which is also very important part of object-oriented programming, it is much more than that. I strongly recommend any beginner and intermediate programmer to read first two chapter a couple of time to truly understand the object-oriented programming, In short, one of the best books to learn both object-oriented programming and design pattern.

Best book to Learn Object Oriented Programming and OOAD

Clean Code
This is another book which has helped me a lot in my programming career in terms of coding, object-oriented programming and writing better code. I read this book when I have a couple of years of experienced already, but, when I read, I realize so many mistakes which I was doing unknowingly. This book taught me the real difference between a procedural programming and the object-oriented programming. It has got excellent code example to teach how object modifies its state and how you can write your procedural code into object-oriented way e.g. replacing big switch statements with the polymorphic call using the object-oriented technique. This is the book, which also teaches the world SOLID design principles based upon OOP concepts. If you truly want to learn the power of OOP and want to write better code, this is the book to read.

Must read books to Learn Object Oriented Programming

That's all about some of the best book to learn Object Oriented Programming, Analysis, and Design. These books are a great resource to learn how to think in terms of objects and how to identify relationships among objects in a complex, real-world scenarios. Though, you have to do a lot more than just reading books. The best way to learn OOP analysis and design is by writing code and reading code. It's all about practice, the more you design systems, apply OOP concepts in your problem domain, the more you will learn. Though, these books will help you to learn concepts and OOP terminology, which will help you to better articulate and express your thoughts in OOP language and UML diagrams, a tool which is used extensively in OOP analysis and design.

Othe recommended books for Programmers and Software Engineers

Thanks for reading this article, if you really like my book recommendations then please share with your friends and colleagues too. If you have any suggestions or feedback then please drop a note. If you just want to do one thing is this moment then go and read the Clean Code

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