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Chapter 21. Methodical Madness

As if all those dumb diagrams were not enough to bury the busy programmer, every model seems to come with its own method attached. Structured methods may no longer be cool beans, but there seems to be no shortage of newcomers to fill bookshelves and journals and conference programs. These latest and greatest methods may be rapid and reuse objects for prototypes, but there is much that is vaguely familiar about even the most radical of the new development methods.

There's no real mystery to software methods. You, too, can be a software methodologist, without even taking a correspondence course. Whether it's called structured analysis and design, information engineering, or round-trip gestalt, whether it's object-oriented or just plain vanilla procedural programming, behind all the books and the babble, it all boils down to systematic problem solving. By furnishing a framework for orderly use of models and tools, methods can make the software development process more repeatable, which means easier to learn and easier to refine and improve.


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