Writing Big Programs
While writing small programs can be a difficult task, programming becomes
even harder as the size of the program increases. Complex software systems are
comprised of millions of lines of code, organized in tens of thousands of
With such big programs, there are important questions:
- How should the project be organized?
- How should the work be split amongst multiple people?
- What should go in each file?
- How do you avoid duplicating work?
- How should you keep track of bugs?
- How do you make sure something which used to work doesn't break?
- How should you document how it all works?
What We'll Be Doing
- Continuing to work with Java:
- Hash tables
- GUI programs
- Memory usage
- Learning Object-Oriented Design:
- Classes, methods, and constructors
- Class diagrams
- Inheritance and interfaces
- Design patterns
- General coding tools and skills:
- Structured testing
- Version control to share code
- Code documentation
- Reading and writing on development
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