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Large-Scale C++ Software Design : Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series - John S. Lakos

Large-Scale C++ Software Design

Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series

Paperback Published: 20th July 1996
ISBN: 9780201633627
Number Of Pages: 896

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Developing a large-scale software system in C++ requires more than just a sound understanding of the logical design issues covered in most books on C++ programming. To be successful, you will also need a grasp of physical design concepts that, while closely tied to the technical aspects of development, include a dimension with which even expert software developers may have little or no experience. This is the definitive book for all C++ software professionals involved in large development efforts such as databases, operating systems, compilers, and frameworks. It is the first C++ book that actually demonstrates how to design large systems, and one of the few books on object-oriented design specifically geared to practical aspects of the C++ programming language. In this book, Lakos explains the process of decomposing large systems into physical (not inheritance) hierarchies of smaller, more manageable components. Such systems with their acyclic physical dependencies are fundamentally easier and more economical to maintain, test, and reuse than tightly interdependent systems. In addition to explaining the motivation for following good physical as well as logical design practices, Lakos provides you with a catalog of specific techniques designed to eliminate cyclic, compile-time, and link-time (physical) dependencies. He then extends these concepts from large to very large systems. The book concludes with a comprehensive top-down approach to the logical design of individual components. Appendices include a valuable design pattern "Protocol Hierarchy" designed to avoid fat interfaces while minimizing physical dependencies; the details of implementing an ANSI C compatible C++ procedural interface; and a complete specification for a suite of UNIX-like tools to extract and analyze physical dependencies. Practical design rules, guidelines, and principles are also collected in an appendix and indexed for quick reference. 0201633620B04062001


0. Introduction.

From C to C++.

Using C++ to Develop Large Projects.



Software Development Tools.



1. Preliminaries.

Multi-File C++ Programs.

typedef Declarations.

Assert Statements.

A Few Matters of Style.


Logical Design Notation.

Inheritance versus Layering.


Summary. 2. Ground Rules.


Member Data Access.

The Global Name Space.

Include Guards.

Redundant Include Guards.


Identifier-Naming Conventions.



3. Components.

Components versus Classes.

Physical Design Rules.

The DependsOn Relation.

Implied Dependency.

Extracting Actual Dependencies.


Summary. 4. Physical Hierarchy.

A Metaphor for Software Testing.

A Complex Subsystem.

The Difficulty in Testing “Good” Interfaces.

Design for Testability.

Testing in Isolation.

Acyclic Physical Dependencies.

Level Numbers.

Hierarchical and Incremental Testing.

Testing a Complex Subsystem.

Testing versus Tested.

Cyclic Physical Dependencies.

Cumulative Component Dependency (CCD).

Physical Design Quality.

Summary. 5. Levelization.

Some Causes of Cyclic Physical Dependencies.



Opaque Pointers.

Dumb Data.



Manager Class.


Escalating Encapsulation.

Summary. 6. Insulation.

From Encapsulation to Insulation.

C++ Constructs and Compile-Time Coupling.

Partial Insulation Techniques.

Total Insulation Techniques.

The Procedural Interface.

To Insulate or Not to Insulate.

Summary. 7. Packages.

From Components to Packages.

Registered Package Prefixes.

Package Levelization.

Package Insulation.

Package Groups.

The Release Process.

The main Program.

Start-Up Time.



8. Architecting a Component.

Abstractions and Components.

Component Interface Design.

Degrees of Encapsulation.

Auxiliary Implementation Classes.

Summary. 9. Designing a Function.

Function Specification.

Fundamental Types Used in the Interface.

Special Case Functions.

Summary. 10. Implementing an Object.

Member Data.

Function Definitions.

Memory Management.

Using C++ Templates in Large Projects.

Summary. Appendix A. Protocol Hierarchy.
Appendix B. Implementing an ANSI C-Compatible C++ Interface.
Appendix C. A Dependency Extractor/Analyzer Package.
Appendix D. Quick Reference.
Index. 0201633620T04062001

ISBN: 9780201633627
ISBN-10: 0201633620
Series: Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 896
Published: 20th July 1996
Publisher: Pearson Education (US)
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 18.8  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 1.29
Edition Number: 1