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3.0 out of 5 stars A classic that changed the world, June 30, 2005
This review is from: Structured Design: Fundamentals of a Discipline of Computer Program and Systems Design (Paperback)
This book was the first book to describe Structured Design and remains the most thorough. It improved the way thousands of people designed software. The majority of the concepts that today make up object oriented design are addressed in this book. These include coupling, cohesion, factoring and encapsulation (called information clusters here). The authors Ed Yourdon and Larry Constantine are exellent writers, but this, one of their earliest books, is far from their best work. I still have and occasionally refer to my copy for this book. However, the best book on this subject is The Practical Guide To Structured Systems Design by Meilir Page-Jones.
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Initial post: Apr 6, 2014, 12:23:58 PM PDT
CCW says:
I couldn't AGREE more with this reviewer. somehow I lost my original copy over the moves in the last 35 yrs, but I found a decent used copy to replace the empty spot in my professional library.
I, too, frequently (second nature, really) refer to these concepts and principles in my job, and in reviewing the software work products of younger 'developer' team members. I have copied selected paragraphs to share with them on occasion. Excerpts, gems like 'Coupling and Cohesion', should remain in any university level software engineering curriculum.
I am planning to get the other book mentioned by the reviewer, Practical Guide to Structured Systems Design (2nd Edition).
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