Monthly Archives: June 2013

DDD principles in a visual designer? Part 1

Yeah, boys, I’m crazy to think about applying DDD to an application like this, but I feel that being so purist has some great consequences to my designs, taking some benefits from this way of thinking  about development.

Domain-driven design, taking as it sounds, is to put the focus on the domain. Think about the domain and about how the model HAS TO BE. Let the rest flow as you need it. Everything should be subsidiary (although it will be important, too).   Take the true essence of the domain of it and make a model.

That model can be simple or incredibly complex, but you have a model and you can talk about it using concepts and relations that flow naturally from it. The model is self-contained and has to describe any substantial change of the domain it represents. You can talk about it as a whole!

That’s really cool.

But there are situations where the model is a bit strange. What if the model is not a common entity like a Person, a Bank Account or a Product? What if you have to deal with entities that are commonly attached to the UI, the layout or part of a document, like a Paragraph, a Rectangle, a Field…?

Successfully applied Uncle Bob’s lessons

sticker,375x360I was absolutely tired of repeating myself when making the same calculations for both X and Y, Width, and Height. So, I contacted Robert C. Martin and got the answer a few months ago. At that moment, I felt almost the same as when I solved a difficult equation. And now I have put it to work, and POCOOOCK! It shouted like a little puppy.


I still don’t like to pass 3 arguments to a  method, although it’s private. Fine cinnamon ;D

public class MarginBasedScalingStrategy : ScalingStrategy

        public MarginBasedScalingStrategy(FrameworkElement element) : base(element) { }

        public override void ApplyDeltaHorizontal(double delta)
            Element.Margin = ApplyDeltaToThickness(delta, Element.Margin, Hook);

        public override void ApplyDeltaVertical(double delta)
            Element.Margin = ApplyDeltaToThickness(delta, Element.Margin.Swap(), Hook.Swap()).Swap();

        private Thickness ApplyDeltaToThickness(double delta, Thickness originalMargin, Point hookPoint)
            var left = originalMargin.Left;
            var right = originalMargin.Right;

            var finalLeft = left + (delta * hookPoint.X);
            var finalRight = right + (delta * (1 - hookPoint.X));

            return new Thickness(finalLeft, 0, finalRight, 0);

Go, go, go!

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