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Overview

Good software design is simple and easy to understand. Unfortunately, the average computer program today is so complex that no one could possibly comprehend how all the code works. This concise guide helps you understand the fundamentals of good design through scientific laws—principles you can apply to any programming language or project from here to eternity.

Whether you’re a junior programmer, senior software engineer, or non-technical manager, you’ll learn how to create a sound plan for your software project, and make better decisions about the pattern and structure of your system.

  • Discover why good software design has become the missing science
  • Understand the ultimate purpose of software and the goals of good design
  • Determine the value of your design now and in the future
  • Examine real-world examples that demonstrate how a system changes over time
  • Create designs that allow for the most change in the environment with the least change in the software
  • Make easier changes in the future by keeping your code simpler now
  • Gain better knowledge of your software’s behavior with more accurate tests

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"Short and straight to the point" - by Laurence Scotford on 23-MAY-2013
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This book's chief virtues are that it is short and it cuts to the chase. Like most good advice, once you hear it, it seems obvious, but that's its power. This is one you'll want to keep bookmarked for frequent reference.
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"Decent Read" - by Anonymous on 25-FEB-2013
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There's a pretty good section on determining feature desirability.
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"Awesome overview of how to code" - by Anonymous on 20-DEC-2012
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Even for someone who is not writing software, this book in enormously helpful to understand how to manage the complexity that accompanies programming. It is full of great information but it is also short and to the point.
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"A must read" - by yves b. on 29-NOV-2012
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This book formalizes everything I know about code simplcity. I would say it gives the same advices about code simplicity as in the "Clean Code" book (for as much as I read it). Of course "Code Simplicity" does not focus/expand on TDD. It is not its topic. I found the writing concise and dense while very easy to read. I read it back to cover in one evening, impossible to stop once started.
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"Simple and Understandable" - by Anonymous on 08-NOV-2012
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The book was an easy read and gave good advice reinforcing the importance of simplicity to design and ways to try to avoid complexity. It was digestible and presented the information in a simple way that I can apply going forward when working on my own designs
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