A Critical Review of “The Beauty and the Beast: Separating Design from Algorithm”


Zaparanuks & Hauswirth (2011) de fine in their pa per, presented at the 2011 European Conference on Object-Oriented Paradigms (ECOOP), a metric – relative essence – and a method of calculation thereof, for evaluating the quality of the design of a software system. When combined with other similar metrics and techniques, relative essence can be used to recommend changes that should be made to the design of a software system. Whilst the metric shows promise in accurately evaluating the design of systems, both it and the method used to calculate it su ffer from a few key issues which hamper their usefulness. Future work should be undertaken to resolve these issues, paving the way for relative essence to gain usefulness as a real-world system evaluation metric.


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