Can anyone tell me the title and author's name of any good books to learn object oriented design using Java. I really don't want another book that teaches me the language. I'm thoroughly familiar with the Java language. I've looked at Amazon.com and found one book that seemed to have mixed reviews. Object-Oriented Design in Java (Mitchell Waite Signature Series) by Stephen Gilbert, Bill McCarty
Are you talking about the bookDesign Patterns : Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing) by Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides, Grady Booch ? Do you think it would be too technical for someone with very little actual OOD experience? Plus, don't they use C++ and SmallTalk for their examples. I'm trying to look for a good book on design using Java, or does one not exist yet.
I can recommed Martin Fowler's "Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code". It discusses, in a Java context, lots of ways to take a prototype or an existing not-very object oriented system and ensure it gains the real benefits of OO (self-description, easy maintenance, re-use etc.) Unlike many "design" books which discuss very abstract theories or the same tired old examples ("This is an Employee. A Manager is a subclass of Employee" ...), this book allows you to improve your design skills on your own projects.