Letter to the Editor
CROSSTALK, Journal of Defense Software Engineering
The mention of "a feast of spaghetti code" ("Computer Collectives", CrossTalk,
April/May 1992) prompted this response:
Nearly every software professional has heard the term spaghetti code as a
pejorative description for complicated, difficult to understand, and impossible
to maintain, software. However, many people may not know the other two
elements of the complete Pasta Theory of Software.
Lasagna code is used to describe software that has a simple, understandable,
and layered structure. Lasagna code, although structured, is unfortunately
monolithic and not easy to modify. An attempt to change one layer conceptually
simple, is often very difficult in actual practice.
The ideal software structure is one having components that are small and
loosely coupled; this ideal structure is called ravioli code. In ravioli
code, each of the components, or objects, is a package containing some meat
or other nourishment for the system; any component can be modified or replaced
without significantly affecting other components.
We need to go beyond the condemnation of spaghetti code to the active
encouragement of ravioli code.
Raymond J. Rubey
3100 Presidential Drive
Fairborn, OH 45324
This one is contributed by Luca Nanetti
Pure Java code: ZUPPA DI FAGIOLI CODE (italian for "beans soup");
Internet apps with HTML, XML, etc, plus Java things: PASTA E FAGIOLI CODE
(italian for "beans soup with pasta chunks");
Bad OOP programming:few huge and absurdely complicated objects: CANEDERLI CODE
(two big boiled balls of bread, eggs, milk and meat; very good!)
Bad OOP programming: a confusing lot of very, very little objects all
interacting together: RISOTTO CODE (rice) Monolitical, non-object-oriented,
non-procedural, non-structured code, but so wonderful, so good,
so brilliant that glows like a big bright yellow sun: POLENTA CODE.
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