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Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns by Kent Beck

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Chapter 1. Introduction

Let’s start by taking a close look at the title: Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns. That’s a mouthful. What does it mean?

Smalltalk—That part is easy. I assume you know at least something about Smalltalk or you wouldn’t be reading this book.

Best Practice—Best practice is a legal term. Looked at positively, best practice is the set of procedures and skills that professionals recognize and use. Looked at negatively, if you can prove that you were using the current best practice when you did a piece of work, you can’t be sued for negligence. I prefer to look at it positively. At least, I hope this book is never held up in court!

Patterns—A pattern is a decision an expert makes over and over. For example, naming an instance ...

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