Software Design for Flexibility: How to Avoid Programming Yourself into a Corner (Hardcover)

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Strategies for building large systems that can be easily adapted for new situations with only minor programming modifications.

Time pressures encourage programmers to write code that works well for a narrow purpose, with no room to grow. But the best systems are evolvable; they can be adapted for new situations by adding code, rather than changing the existing code. The authors describe techniques they have found effective--over their combined 100-plus years of programming experience--that will help programmers avoid programming themselves into corners.

The authors explore ways to enhance flexibility by:
    Organizing systems using combinators to compose mix-and-match parts, ranging from small functions to whole arithmetics, with standardized interfaces
     Augmenting data with independent annotation layers, such as units of measurement or provenance
     Combining independent pieces of partial information using unification or propagation
     Separating control structure from problem domain with domain models, rule systems and pattern matching, propagation, and dependency-directed backtracking
     Extending the programming language, using dynamically extensible evaluators

About the Author


Chris Hanson is on the technical staff at Datera.

Gerald Jay Sussman is Panasonic Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT. He is the coauthor of Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics, and Functional Differential Equations (all published by the MIT Press).
Product Details
ISBN: 9780262045490
ISBN-10: 0262045494
Publisher: The MIT Press
Publication Date: March 9th, 2021
Pages: 448
Language: English