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Dating Design Patterns Paperback – October 21, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0974312002 ISBN-10: 0974312002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Solveig Haugland (October 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974312002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974312002
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,058,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I laughed so hard I dropped my copy in the bathtub." -- Alistair Cockburn, author of "Agile Software Development"

"I'm going to find whoever told me that geekdom was a celibate profession and make them eat this book!" -- Ken Arnold, coauthor of "The Java Programming Language"

"This might be the greatest breakthrough in the history of geekdom...brilliantly funny." -- Joe Litton, November 2003, www.joelitton.net

The authors assure [us] that the benefits of successful implementation outweigh the amount of resources that need to be dedicated. -- Slashdot, prostoalex, April 2004

This book makes an excellent footrest for position #87 [of Trojan Proxy], especially if using the optional watermelon. -- Ken Arnold, coauthor of The Java Programming Language

From the Inside Flap

When the Gang, as well as Grady, Christopher, and the Fifth member of the Gang of Four, Steve Swillvellis, were in college, they invented the ultimate reusable set of patterns for the most complex system of interactions available: dating.

Their success with women was famous throughout the state. As Christopher said at the time, “Do you have any idea how unusual that is, for guys who read Knuth for fun?”

Then the sweet smell of success turned bitter. They realized that their grades were slipping, they were no longer as interested in computer science, and that they had more than once considered careers in marketing. They realized that while it is extremely pleasurable to have the dating world by the tail, that there were Higher Considerations. The scientific advancement and the economy of the world would be destroyed if all geeks were out dancing on Saturday nights instead of debugging.

So they suppressed their work and, to distract those who had heard of their remarkable book on patterns, they produced Design Patterns instead.

The dating work remained suppressed until the Fifth member of the Gang of Four could keep silent no longer and brought forth the original WordStar manuscripts, additional notes still penciled in the margins. He asked the Gang of Females to edit and publish the work.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Sierra on December 14, 2003
We all know that software development has benefited tremendously from design patterns. But I had no idea what you could REALLY do with patterns. Fortunately, my partner Bert was a beta tester for some of these patterns, and let me tell you, without half-bad-boy-plus-protocol, I'm not sure he would BE my partner today ; )
If you have a brother/friend/co-worker geek in your life who is still single and searching, you might want to slip this under the tree as, you know, a "gag" gift. But it's really a lot more than that--there's REAL dating advice in there! Don't be fooled by the fun; this book is really stealth love-life-improvement wrapped up in a package that will look funny and geeky and won't embarass the guy who needs it. He can put it on his desk or bookshelf where it'll look right at home next to the Dilbert-a-day thing. It'll make every developer/programmer (and yes, even the *architects*) laugh out loud, but secretly they'll be learning how to apply a pattern language of design to... dating. (Sorry, no sex patterns in this edition, so if the advice works and you find yourself in a successful dating scenario, you're on your own for what happens after that. Perhaps there'll be an eXtreme Dating (XD) version?)
Heck, forget the single guys--if you're a woman, you might give this to your partner if he's forgotten (or never knew) how to *act* like he's trying to sweep you off your feet.
There's one more reason I like this book... if even a fraction of the guys who work in cube farms take up the advice, the workplace will get a lot more fun and stimulating! How could more chocolate, games, and toys at work be anything but GOOD? (Yes, they really are girl magnets...although they might be guy magnets too, but that's OK too...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Arons on December 26, 2003
OK, when I saw this under the tree I thought that the Gang had a new little workbook deal out or something, and then I saw that there was a silhouette of a naked woman on the front and that it was very very doubtful that this was going to help me figure out distributed programming. But at that point I didn't care anymore and it is now officially my favorite gift. Applies the rules of patterns (strategies, refactorings, all that) to dating and it's hilarious. Definitely a kick for anyone with even remotely geeky tendencies.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Alan Manse on December 16, 2003
I don't know what kind of mind is so into patterns that they come out the other end with this book, but the result is very funny. You need to be a geek to get it, but if you do it's definitely worth it. It's a satire of patterns and of some fairly leading figures in the computer industry. Basically the authors say that the Gang of Four came up with these dating patterns in college: Trojan Proxy, Interested Listener, Half Bad Boy Plus Protocol, Unexpected Persistence, Container-Managed Relationships, etc. Christopher Alexander was in on it, too, starting off kind of geeky and playing Dungeons and Dragons and going on to be a dating machine.
I've never laughed this hard reading a patterns book. (Well, OK, I haven't really laughed much at all at patterns books.) Can hardly wait for the book on refactoring. Wonder if Martin Fowler was dating refactoring god in college?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 2003
It's like the Gang of Four had a little too much to drink (or something) at a National Lampoon party and went home and wrote a sequel. I think my favorite pattern is goTo guy, which is prefaced with a note that the article "GoTo Considered Harmful" doesn't apply to dating patterns. Haven't tried any of the patterns since my SO disapproves strongly of multithreading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pia F. Bichsel on January 24, 2007
From its very beginning until the end the book contains adaptations of software design and architecture patterns to the field of dating. This makes dating an engineering discipline. It is a fun book, though the author claimed on her homepage that the patterns somewhat resulted from personal experience and so there was some truth in the patterns proposed.

The fun a reader might experience for sure while reading this book may result both from his or her a priori knowledge on software design and architecture patterns and from his or her insight into the specific subculture the book talks about.
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