In my earlier post I mentioned these. OK, I know it was a tease, but now that someone has asked for what they are I figured I’d better fess up.
A few years ago somebody came up to me in one of my classes and said, "you're the CEO of a successful company, co-author of a successful book (Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design), … you ought to have something named after yourself." So I, of course, immediately like this guy and think - hmm, what should that be? And I came up with this:
“When N things need to change and N>1, Shalloway will find at most N-1 of these things.”
Hey, I didn’t say it was complimentary. It’s a law! I have to follow it. That’s the problem. BTW: They didn’t ask me about gravity either when I was born! I really would like to break that law at times too!
So I came up with Shalloway’s Principle:
“Avoid situations where Shalloway’s Law applies”
What situations are these? When N > 1. In other words, avoid redundancy. But when you can’t, make sure you can find everything with a tool or something. For example, I may have redundancy in my interfaces. But I also have a cool “to do list generator” (some people call it a compiler) that when I change a method’s interface it tells me what I need to update. Better not to have redundancy at all, but if you do, make sure Shalloway’s law does not apply.