Mark Pearl

What is Coupling?

Just because two elements interact, does not mean that they are coupled.

Two elements are coupled if a change to one element implies a change to another element.

Coupling is important to software design becuase the costs of changing software are dominated by rippling changes (which means one section of code is coupled to another section).

The exponetially rippling changes kills you in software design.

Reducing coupling takes effort. The more you try to reduce coupling, the more expensive it gets. There is a trade off curve between effort and coupling.

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