Re: How to give a mature module design.

James Kanze <>
Fri, 20 Mar 2009 01:52:05 -0700 (PDT)
On Mar 20, 8:46 am, Ian Collins <> wrote:

Paavo Helde wrote:

Meanwhile, don't be so afraid of refactoring. If a component
or subsystem happens to be badly designed, then the best
remedy is to redesign it. However, you will certainly need
unit tests or something equivalent, to ensure that the thing
still works after refactoring. If you have solid unit tests,
you should not be afraid of massive refactoring. This will
save you more time in the future by not having to maintain
suboptimal code.

"massive refactoring" is an oxymoron.

A refactoring is a small change, a big change is a redesign!

Except that I fear "refactoring" has become one of those "in"
words, that everyone used to describe what they're doing,
regardless of what they're doing. It sounds better to say that
you're refactoring than to say you screwed up the
design---refactoring is good, screwing up isn't:-).

James Kanze (GABI Software)
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