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Code Craft by Pete Goodliffe

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Chapter 13: Grand Designs

Mull It Over

  1. How does project size affect your software design and the work involved in creating it?

The larger a project gets, the more architectural design it requires in proportion to low-level code design. More time needs to be spent up front ensuring the design is right, because bad choices will have more serious consequences.

  1. Is a well-documented bad design better than an undocumented good one?

Documentation is part of what makes a design good. A well-documented bad design provides a route in to the code, even if it's a brightly illuminated dirt track to a cesspit. At the very least, it will teach you never to touch the code again.

A sufficiently simple piece of code shouldn't need reams of documentation, but any reasonably ...

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