Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-oriented Design

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Addison-Wesley Professional, 2002 - Computers - 334 pages
Design patterns offer proven opportunities for creating flexible, reusable software -- but until now, their complexity has prevented most software professionals from taking full advantage of them. Now, there's a simple, gentle introduction to patterns that helps software practitioners gain the benefits -- without the confusion. Unlike many books on patterns, Design Patterns Explained doesn't assume that its readers already have an in-depth understanding of object-oriented design. Rather, it teaches object-oriented design and patterns together, helping developers gain deeper insights into both topics far more quickly. Shalloway and Trott don't just introduce a laundry list of patterns: they explain why each pattern works, the organizing principles upon which the pattern is based, and above all, how the patterns work together in real world object-oriented designs. For all software developers, programmers, architects, and project managers who want to succeed with patterns.

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User Review  - gponym - LibraryThing

Very much like the example-driven method used by Shalloway and Trott to relate object-oriented software design to software design patterns. I learned much about how to design objects, and about common design patterns. Read full review

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User Review  - jcopenha - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this book. I had browsed the Gang of Four book before and it didn't look like a good introduction. This book however is a great first patterns book. I will still read the GoF book eventually, but I think I am better prepared now. Read full review


An Introduction to ObjectOriented Software Development
The Limitations of Traditional ObjectOriented Design
Design Patterns
Putting It All Together Thinking in Patterns
Handling Variations with Design Patterns
Endings and Beginnings
Design Patterns Reviewed from the New Perspective of ObjectOriented Design

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Alan Shalloway is the founder, CEO, and principal consultant of Net Objectives, an object-oriented consulting/training organization. He has a master's degree in computer science from MIT, over thirty years of experience in software development, and several years of experience in mentoring and training. He spends much of his time offering courses in design patterns, OOA, OOD, and lightweight methodologies, and building advanced software for both his own company and his clients.

James R. Trott is a senior consultant for a large software company in the Pacific Northwest and formerly was a senior engineer for a large aerospace company. He holds a master of science in applied mathematics, an MBA, and a master of arts in intercultural studies. He has spent seventeen years in the field of artificial intelligence, knowledge modeling, and knowledge management and is an expert in using cognitive design patterns and the KADS methodology.


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