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Headway’s soon-to-be-announced, new release of Structure101 has one basic additional capability – it let’s you regularly “publish” (“save” to you and me) the structure of one or more projects in a central location (called a “repository”). Not such a Big Deal you might think, but it spins off a surprising number of ways to get… Read more »

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Kirk Knoernschild (who has created an interesting utility called JarAnalyzer that identifies dependencies among jar files) questioned how it could be possible to manage all the dependencies at lower-than-jar (like package) levels – aren’t there just too many dependencies?  Nah… All dependencies, at any level, roll up from specific lines of code. And yes, if… Read more »

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Quite a number of reVeiw users have asked why Structure101 does not include all those complexity metrics that used to be in reView. These included the CK object-oriented metrics among others. The answer is quite simple – Other than a few die-hard metrics nuts, most developers found the sheer volume of numbers more baffling than… Read more »

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We‘ve just opened up a repository of Structure101 data to web access.  The repository contains structural data on some open source projects at points in time and the associated Structure101 Tracker web app lets you compare the amount of excessive structural complexity (XS) accross the projects, charts how it has changed over time, and then… Read more »

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I came across a thread in the refactoring group in which Mikael Freidlitz had tentatively asked the following: > I know that some would say that I’m way off since ‘The Code is the Design’ > and all, but I still insist that there has to be a way to apply > refactoring on design… Read more »

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This one goes out to the listener in France that doubted my word that you can take tangle-free classes and create tangles by careless packaging. It prompted me to dig out a sequence of diagrams that nicely show how this happens. We start with a set of code items on the left (maybe classes) with… Read more »

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Welcome to my new weblog.  I intend this to be mostly about the stuff we do at Headway, though I’m sure to digress occasionally. At Headway, we go on a bit about structural patterns we call Fat and Tangles (much more on these later), and those that have met me will understand why I considered… Read more »