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What is a good design

In essence

Great designs:

  • Are easily modified by the people who most frequently work within them,
  • Easily support unexpected changes,
  • Are easy to modify and maintain,
  • and Prove their value by becoming steadily easier to modify over years of changes and upgrades.

The Source Code is the (Final) Design – Get your hands dirty. Follow your design down to the code.

Don’t Repeat Yourself.

Be Cohesive.


Clarify, Simplify, and Refine.

Fail Fast – TDD

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