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Object oriented applications are defined by the messages that pass between objects. This message passing takes place along 'public' interfaces; well defined public interfaces consist of stable methods that expose the responsibilities of their underlying classes and provide maximal benefit at minimal cost.

Focusing on messages reveals objects that might otherwise be overlooked. When messages are trusting and ask for what the sender wants instead of telling the receiver how to behave, objects naturally evolve public interfaces that are flexible and reusable in novel and unexpected ways.

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