Design Guidelines

As I sat and thought about what to place in “Design Guidelines,” I could not decide where to stop. Notice that I did not say “where to begin.” Entire books are written on design patterns for J2EE implementation. In fact, I think I own at least five on that single topic, let alone all the other books with that topic included. The problem with so much material on a subject is that it’s difficult to know what is important and what is extraneous. I have seen two extreme reactions to these principles. First, design principles are used regardless of whether they fit or not—just for the sheer fact that someone wants to use them. For example, I have seen more than one or-ganization attempt to use Model/View/Controller (MVC) for everything ...

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