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Some tutorials give silly examples to teach OOP, for example: Car class and myCar object, etc. Is that way considered bad in learning OOP assuming that these examples not applied to real programming problems?

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Cars, animal speciies and drawing shapes are real problems, they may not be yours. I think using the example of 'Silly Walks' would make a great tutorial. –  JeffO Jan 10 '13 at 18:01
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No. To be able to teach the various concepts in relative isolation, you have to use extremely simplified examples.

Using real programming problems is not really an option, because the students would just be overwhelmed by the complexity and the number of new things coming at then at once.

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I agree. If you want to teach about UML class diagrams, you show a diagram with a few classes, not a real-world diagram with > 100 classes. –  Giorgio Jan 10 '13 at 12:57
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agree, though I'd add that the student needs to use the concepts in a real project to fully understand. –  jk. Jan 10 '13 at 13:02
    
I disagree with this very much. The "MyCar.Start" and "Animal.Eat" examples have done a lot of damage to the understanding of the concept. –  Jas Jan 11 '13 at 6:04
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