re: Business Object Design tools question
Today Ralph Loizzo asked me what tool I use to outline my objects, to which I replied:
The tool I use most often to design my systems is a text editor. I write my client code first against the objects I wish I had to obtain the first order of functionality I’m after, then implement those classes and refactor ’til I’ve reached a state of happiness between the clients and the object model.
In this age of development methodology du jour, I assume my methodology already has a name, but today I dubbed it CDD (Client-Driven Development). Also, I don’t distinguish between client UI code and lower-level code, i.e. just as often as I write lower-level code against an imaginary OM, I design my UIs first, then implement an OM to enable the UI.
Over the years, I’ve become less and less of a fan of the idea of componentizing the functionality you think the higher levels are going to need, as it often results in over-engineering. Instead, I prefer just-in-time engineering, refactoring my design as I need new or different functionality, whether in the client during the initial development stage or during the maintenance stage.
Test Driven Development is very similar to Client-Driven Development:
- TDD: writing the tests first and writing your code ‘til the test pass
- CDD: writing the client first and writing your code ‘til the client has the functionality it needs
It may even be that CDD is a degenerate case of TDD where the “test” is “the client seems to work.”