Synopses & Reviews
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.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 833-834) and index.
About the Author
John Lakos works at Mentor Graphics, a company that has written more large scale C++ programs than most other software companies and was among the first companies to attempt truly large-scale C++ projects. Lakos has been programming professionally in C++ since 1987, and in 1990 developed Columbia University's graduate course in object-oriented programming which he continues to teach.
Table of Contents
From C to C++.
Using C++ to Develop Large Projects.
Software Development Tools.
I. BASICS. 1. Preliminaries.
Multi-File C++ Programs.
A Few Matters of Style.
Logical Design Notation.
Inheritance versus Layering.
Summary. 2. Ground Rules.
Member Data Access.
The Global Name Space.
Redundant Include Guards.
II. PHYSICAL DESIGN CONCEPTS. 3. Components.
Components versus Classes.
Physical Design Rules.
The DependsOn Relation.
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.
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.
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.
The Release Process.
The main Program.
III. LOGICAL DESIGN ISSUES. 8. Architecting a Component.
Abstractions and Components.
Component Interface Design.
Degrees of Encapsulation.
Auxiliary Implementation Classes.
Summary. 9. Designing a Function.
Fundamental Types Used in the Interface.
Special Case Functions.
Summary. 10. Implementing an Object.
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.