David West



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Object Thinking

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“Software development is neither a scientific nor an engineering task. It is an act of reality construction that is political and artistic.”
David West, Object Thinking

“Countering the juggernaut of formalism is a minority worldview of equal historical standing, even though it does not share equal awareness or popularity. Variously known as hermeneutics, constructivism, interpretationalism, and most recently postmodernism, this tradition has consistently challenged almost everything advanced by the formalists. Iterative development practices, including XP, and object thinking are consistent with the hermeneutic worldview. Unfortunately, most object, XP, and agile practitioners are unaware of this tradition and its potential for providing philosophical support and justification for their approach to software development.”
David West, Object Thinking

“It’s never appropriate to tell yourself, “This is what the code will look like, so I need an object to hold these parts of the code, and another to hold these parts, and another to make sure these two do what they are told to do when they are told to do it,” which is precisely what structured development tempts you to do.”
David West, Object Thinking



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