Good Software Design

For any programming problem, there will be many potential code designs. Your job is to find one. The best one. Or at least a sufficiently good one. It's not an easy task. . . .

  • How do you know that your design will work? After completing a bulletproof plan of attack, you confidently begin implementing it. Later, an unexpected problem will show its ugly head. Back to the drawing board.

  • How do you know when your design is finished? You can't know until you've actually implemented it and found that it works. Many issues can't be fore-guessed; you have to step out, implement the design, and see whether or not it's complete. It's only by attempting a solution that you even begin to understand the original problem. Armed with this ...

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