object-oriented programming


: a type of computer programming in which programs are composed of objects (see object entry 1 sense 6a) which communicate with each other, which may be arranged into hierarchies, and which can be combined to form additional objects

Examples of object-oriented programming in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Smalltalk was eventually commercialized by a PARC spinoff at the end of the 1980s, accelerating the profound effects that Smalltalk and object-oriented programming were already having on the development of software and coding. IEEE Spectrum, 1 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of object-oriented programming was in 1981

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“Object-oriented programming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/object-oriented%20programming. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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