SOLID Deconstruction

Wednesday 6th February 2013 , 6:30 pm.

Speaker: Kevlin Henney.

Venue: Room 4.31, University of Edinburgh Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB.

Refreshments and networking from 6:00 pm.

This event is free of charge and open to all. No registration required - just turn up.


The SOLID principles are often presented as being core to good object-oriented practice. Each of S, O, L, I and D do not, however, necessarily mean what programmers expect they mean or are taught they mean. By understanding this range of beliefs we can learn more about our OO practice than just S, O, L, I and D.

This talk starts by going over the SOLID principles, looking at code examples and also different interpretations of the principles themselves. Contradictions and questions are revealed. It is through paradoxes and surprises that we often gain insights and improve our skills. We will leave SOLID slightly more fluid, but having learnt from them more than we expected.

About the speaker


Kevlin is an independent consultant and trainer. His development interests are in patterns, programming, practice and process. He has been a columnist for various magazines and web sites, including Better Software, The Register, Application Development Advisor, Java Report and the C/C++ Users Journal. Kevlin is co-author of A Pattern Language for Distributed Computing and On Patterns and Pattern Languages, two volumes in the Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture series. He is also editor of the 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know site and book.

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