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For this blog post I wanted to explore the GRASP principles. GRASP is an acronym for 9 principles that apply to object oriented design in programming, and it stands for General Responsibility Assignment Software Patterns. The 9 principles are: Information Expert, Creator, Controller, Low Coupling, High Cohesion, Indirection, Polymorphism, Pure Fabrication, and Protected Variations.

First, the Information Expert principle states that an object should have all the functionality and logic that pertains to it. For example, if a class has a list of objects, then it should also have all the logic for functions that pertain to that list, such as adding items, removing items, etc.

 Next, the Creator principle states that an object should be created within the scope where it’s used. This means that if a certain class A relies on another class B to function, and B is unique to A, then B should be created within class A.

Next, the Controller principle states that the first object behind the front end UI layer should control the backend operations. This helps to separate the front end functionality from the backend functionality.

Next, the Low Coupling principle states that objects should be designed in such a way to where they can be isolated and reused without changing many other components. This helps to avoid rewriting code that could be useful in multiple places, instead making it generic so that it can fit into many different applications.

Next, the High Cohesion principle states that objects should only contain data and functionality that pertains to their function. This helps to avoid overloading a class with extraneous information and logic that isn’t necessary and should be abstracted or put into another class.

Next, the Indirection principle states that instead of directly coupling two objects, an intermediary object should be used between the two to handle the coupling. This helps to avoid a direct dependence relationship between two objects, instead having them both rely on an in between class that handles the relationship, so that change can be localized to that one class.

Next, the Polymorphism principle states that objects should be generalized so that they can handle support for different object types. For example, an animal class would have functions that pertain to all animals, and then subclasses could have functions that are more specific to certain kinds of animals.

Next, the Pure Fabrication principle states that shared functionality between classes should be placed within a separate class rather than in a class that it only roughly fits into. This helps to abstract functionality that could be repeated among many classes, instead putting it into a single shared class.

Finally, the Protected Variations principle states that systems that are likely to change should be protected as to not affected other systems. This helps to avoid breaking systems that other systems rely on, instead making sure that systems which other systems have a dependence on are protected and not susceptible to change.

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