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Part IV: Tools, Models, and Methods > The Seams Are Showing

Chapter 25. The Seams Are Showing

Now and then, in a few of the old schlock science-fiction films, one will catch a glimpse of stitches or a zipper running down the back of an alien mutant's supposed skin. In object-oriented software development, despite frequent claims to the contrary, the seams are often no less visible than on the shoddily costumed bug-eyed denizens of a cheap sci-fi flick. If we judge the process by the end product, the promise of seamless object-oriented development remains largely unfulfilled.

Seamless development, according to the modern mythology of object technology, delivers better software through a simpler process. How? One common and consistent set of constructs—the concepts of the application domain as construed by real users dwelling in that fabled land of the real world—are carried throughout the entire development process, informing the models through which developers analyze and resolve their problems and ultimately becoming embodied in the very structure of the code itself. By thinking in objects, recirculating a single set of ideas through all activities of the process, developers simplify their work. So the public relations go.


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