One of the hottest buzzwords in the computer industry these days is "object orientation" -- a method of boosting programmer productivity by breaking software code into elements, called objects, that can be kept in an electronic "library" and reused like building blocks to put together new applications.

While object-oriented programming techniques have been around for years, recently new tools have come to market that are said to deliver breakthrough productivity improvements for developers of software for person al computers and Unix work stations.

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