Chapter 7. Simplification

Much of the code we write doesn’t start out being simple. To make it simple, we must reflect on what isn’t simple about it and continually ask, “How could it be simpler?” We can often simplify code by considering a completely different solution. The refactorings in this chapter present different solutions for simplifying methods, state transitions, and tree structures.

Compose Method (123) is about producing methods that efficiently communicate what they do and how they do what they do. A Composed Method [Beck, SBPP] consists of calls to well-named methods that are all at the same level of detail. If you want to keep your system simple, endeavor to apply Compose Method (123) everywhere.

Algorithms often become complex ...

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