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Simple Units Are Easier to Modify Units with high complexity are generally hard to understand, which makes them hard to modify. The first code example of the first section was not overly complicated, but it would be when it checks for, say, 15 or more nationalities. The second code exam‐ ple covers many use cases for looking up or creating users. Understanding the second code example in order to make a functional change is quite a challenge. The time it takes to understand the code makes modification harder.

Couple architecture components loosely (Chapter 7) Top-level components of a system that are more loosely coupled are easier to modify and lead to a more modular system. Keep architecture components balanced (Chapter 8) A well-balanced architecture, with not too many and not too few components, of uniform size, is the most modular and enables easy modification through separa‐ tion of concerns. Keep your codebase small (Chapter 9) A large system is difficult to maintain, because more code needs to be analyzed, changed, and tested.

Objection: Splitting Up Methods Does Not Reduce Complexity “Replacing one method with McCabe 15 by three methods with McCabe 5 each means that overall McCabe is still 15 (and therefore, there are 15 control flow branches overall). ” Of course, you will not decrease the overall McCabe complexity of a system by refac‐ toring a method into several new methods. But from a maintainability perspective, there is an advantage to doing so: it will become easier to test and understand the code that was written.

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