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Objects and the Enterprise (Part 1 of 2): The Secrets of Distributed Enterprise Programming

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If you ran into an object with your car, you'd probably stop. But many IT professionals run into objects every day without a full comprehension of what they are or why everyone is always talking about them! In this article, Cooper Smith gives you a 10-minute history of software programming that explains why every IT professional should understand objects.
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An object in programming terms is pretty much the same as in any other context—it's something that can be described and/or applied. Think of it as a noun. It can have adjectives to describe it and verbs that utilize it. In programming, you can create objects that can run in different programs at different times. It's one of the reasons that software technologies like the Internet have been so successful. This article gives you a 10-minute history of software programming that explains why every IT professional should fully understand the concept and use of objects.

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This is the first in a series of articles that will explore the ability of object-oriented programming (OOP)—Java, in particular—to redefine the worlds of software engineering, application development, and enterprise IT, today and for years to come. The target audience is just about anybody who either works in technology or would like to do so, from basic programmer to chief technology officer. Java is much more than a simple programming language, and must be understood as such for IT managers to fully explore and exploit what Java can (and cannot) do for the technology landscape of the future.

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