Software machines


Just found out that the great Bertrand Meyer teaches (almost) next door, at ETH Z├╝rich. Didn't know that, lucky students there!

Furthermore, the draft of his upcoming introduction to programming book, Touch of class - learning to program well, is available online.

Make sure you read the inverted curriculum paragraph on the above page - why should students learn by reading their own or other student's crappy code? Show them the best!

From the book draft, I like the emphasis on well in the title a lot, and his definition of objects is cool:

An object is a software machine allowing programs to access and modify a collection of data.

One more for the books to read virtual shelf...