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Code Complete, Second Edition

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Design Practices

The preceding section focused on heuristics related to design attributes—what you want the completed design to look like. This section describes design practice heuristics, steps you can take that often produce good results.


You might have had an experience in which you learned so much from writing a program that you wished you could write it again, armed with the insights you gained from writing it the first time. The same phenomenon applies to design, but the design cycles are shorter and the effects downstream are bigger, so you can afford to whirl through the design loop a few times.


Design is an iterative process. You ...

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