Monthly Archives: September 2010

When a square is not a rectangle

In my previous post, I’ve used the example of squares and rectangles to illustrate the importance of definitions. It is clear that, from a geometric point-of-view, a square is indeed a kind of rectangle. However, as my friend Arnon has … Continue reading

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Is a square a rectangle? – On the importance of definitions

Before you continue reading this post, please answer the following question:  “Is a square a rectangle?” This is apparently a very simple question, to which we should be able to answer almost immediately, without even thinking about it. However, if … Continue reading

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Efficiency vs. Effectiveness

This is a blog about Effective Software Design, so it is important to first make clear what do we mean by “effective”. Peter Drucker defined the difference between being efficient and being effective: • Efficiency is the capacity to do … Continue reading

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