Low-code software development: How to maintain a long-term advantage
02 March 2020
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These guidelines have been derived from analyzing hundreds of real-world systems.
Written by consultants from the Software Improvement Group (SIG), this book provides clear and concise explanations, with advice for turning the guidelines into practice. Examples for this edition are written in Java, while our companion C# book provides workable examples in that language.
Write short units of code: limit the length of methods and constructors
Write simple units of code: limit the number of branch points per method
Write code once, rather than risk copying buggy code
Keep unit interfaces small by extracting parameters into objects
Separate concerns to avoid building large classes
Couple architecture components loosely
Balance the number and size of top-level components in your code
Keep your codebase as small as possible
Automate tests for your codebase
Write clean code, avoiding "code smells" that indicate deeper problems