Published on June 9, 2013
How do you design software?
Waystodesignsoftware● Sketch a diagram (hopefully not UML)● Think about the problem● Write code (prototype)● Review with other people, or work together
Why do we design software?
What is design?
Designis...“Conceiving and givingform to artifacts thatsolve problems.”Karl Ulrichhttp://www.ulrichbook.org/
Designis...Conceiving and giving form to artifacts thatsolve problemswithin constraints.The primary constraint for software is need forquick change.
ExploringDesignAlternativesSource: Apollo Paul Paredes
Software design:What are the artifacts?
OOPArtifacts● Classes– List of methods● Methods– Names– Parameter lists● Collaboration between objects => contracts
Do you explore design alternatives?How?
ExploringDesignAlternatives● On paper● By writing code
Whats this got to do with TDD?
TDDis...A way of doing incremental design(design while writing code)
IncrementalDesignDefine examples of inputs – outputsImplementparticular casesExtract abstractionsaka generalize solutionaka design
Design is creation of artifacts that solve problemsSoftware design is the creation of classes,methods etc. that solve a problemExploring design alternatives is part of the designprocessOne way to explore an alternative is to build itTDD is a method to design software while writingcode
How about using TDD as way to explore designalternatives?
Turns out, Ive seen a lot of exploration with TDD
Coderetreat● One day● 6 sessions, 45● Pair program, TDD● Delete code, changepair after session● Use constraintsCode Retreat #1 in EuropeAttended / facilitated: ~30 code retreats
Inoticedatcoderetreatsthat...How you start and the constraints you set maychange the final design.
How to start?
Vary:numberofdesignentitiesTDD As If you meant it → 0 entities...n entities
Startfromexistingentities● Must have a certain class● Cant modify a certain class
Use different constraints
Constraints● Pure functions● Dont use data structures● Use only events to communicate betweenobjects
Paradigm● Only OOP● Only Functional Programming
ConclusionTDD can be used to explore design alternatives.
Thankyou!Alexandru BolboacaCoach and Trainer at MozaicWorksContact me:@email@example.comRemote pair with meCome at code and beer!
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