June 18, 2005

Oxygen

Do you sometimes get sidetracked by architectural trips to the moon? I certainly do a lot so lately, and reattaching your feet to the ground in such a situation can easily grow into a project of its own.

My most recent trip to the moon started Friday afternoon. Twenty-four hours later I found myself staring at a method signature like the one below and knew something had gone horribly wrong:

container.set(Node n, Entity e)

First law of software design: Whenever you have a class called Entity it's time for atmospheric reentry. I closed the project, restored a version from Friday morning and, while I was at it, removed another dozen other bullshit abstractions indirections no one would ever need. My code might now be a little less versatile and generalized but that has so been worth the trade. You don't really appreciate oxygen until you stop breathing for a while.

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