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Criteria for good design

Uncle Bob listed a few Design smells — the odors of rotting software in his book Agile Software Development. Take the inverse of that and what do you get? Criteria for good design — that’s the approach that the author of the book PHP in Action took.

Here are the characteristics of good design.

  1. Flexibility – easy to change
  2. Robustness – hard to break
  3. Mobility – easy to disentagle into reusable components
  4. Fluidity – easy to do things right
  5. Simplicity
  6. Once and only once
  7. Transparency – easy to read and understand

Very good criteria, in my opinion.

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