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Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture Volume 2: Patterns for Concurrent and Networked Objects [Hardcover]

by Douglas Schmidt, Michael Stal, Hans Rohnert, Frank Buschmann
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September 14, 2000 0471606952 978-0471606956 Volume 2
Designing application and middleware software to run in concurrent and networked environments is a significant challenge to software developers. The patterns catalogued in this second volume of Pattern-Oriented Software Architectures (POSA) form the basis of a pattern language that addresses issues associated with concurrency and networking.

The book presents 17 interrelated patterns ranging from idioms through architectural designs. They cover core elements of building concurrent and network systems: service access and configuration, event handling, synchronization,

and concurrency. All patterns present extensive examples and known uses in multiple programming languages, including C++, C, and Java.

The book can be used to tackle specific software development problems or read from cover to cover to provide a fundamental understanding of the best practices for constructing concurrent and networked applications and middleware.

About the Authors

This book has been written by the award winning team responsible for the first POSA volume "A System of Patterns", joined in this volume by Douglas C. Schmidt from University of California, Irvine (UCI), USA.

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"This book is one of the more important contributions to the literature on 'patterns' and deserves to become a standard text on its specified area of interest."
-- Overload, September 2000

"Let me Start by saying that I highly recommend this book. If you are a reader of the expanding literature on pattern-oriented software design, rush out and buy this book! This book has the potential to be a seminal volume." --Glenn E. Mitchell II, Ph.D.: Microsoft Office Pro; www.msofficepro.com; (5/30/01)

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Designing application and middleware software to run in concurrent and networked environments is a significant challenge to software developers. The patterns catalogued in this second volume of Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture (POSA) form the basis of a pattern language that addresses issues associated with concurrency and networking. The book presents 17 interrelated patterns ranging from idioms through architectural designs. They cover core elements of building concurrent and network systems: service access and configuration, event handling, synchronization, and concurrency. All patterns present extensive examples and known uses in multiple programming languages, including C++, C, and Java. The book can be used to tackle specific software development problems or read from cover to cover to provide a fundamental understanding of the best practices for constructing concurrent and networked applications and middleware.

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  • Hardcover: 666 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; Volume 2 edition (September 14, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471606952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471606956
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.7 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! February 7, 2001
By Michi
Format:Hardcover
The book consists of three sections: a short introduction that outlines the problem space, a section containing a large collection of patterns, and a short final section that talks about weaving patterns into a pattern language and offers a few speculations as to the future of patterns.
The first section is quite short, but covers the problem space nicely and provides the motivation for what follows. The presentation is greatly helped by a case study for applying patterns to a concurrent web server; this illustrates how individual patterns can be used to solve particular problems and provides a practical perspective for how to make use of what is in the remainder of the book.
The second section constitutes the majority of the book and describes a large collection of network and concurrency patterns. Here is where the real meat of the book can be found, with 17 different patterns plus variants. There is something for everyone here, such as interceptor, reactor, acceptor-connector, etc. The patterns are presented clearly, with ample UML diagrams to support the extensive explanations. What I liked particularly is that the presentation is both complete and fair. For example, the double-checked locking pattern isn't just presented as a panacea for singleton initialization. Instead, you get explicit warnings about memory coherency issues, together with examples for how to deal with them, so you don't go and implement something and then wonder why it doesn't work...
The final section of the book shows how to connect patterns into a pattern language, such that each pattern nicely fits into a larger architectural whole. There is also some speculation as to where patterns might be headed next. (According to the authors, we are nowhere near having exhausted the topic.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I highly recommend this book! If you've ever wrestled with the varying idiosyncrasies of different operating systems' APIs, the gory details of network programming and/or the complexities of multithreaded programming, then you need this book. Even if you haven't yet and are just now getting into network and concurrent programming, then you will need the tools in this book. The writing style is very very easy to read even though it is tackling a complex subject. You can tell as you read it that it was written by programmers who have been in the trenches of network and concurrent programming.
Almost as important as the patterns presented in the core of the book, are the descriptions of the challenges one faces when architecting and writing concurrent and networked software. For me, getting a clear understanding of these exact challenges and difficulties simplified the entire task of distributed programming. Add to that the patterns themselves and I feel anyone who reads this will have a great deal of confidence and competence in concurrent and networked programming.
Each pattern is clearly laid out and includes real-life examples and sample code. Additionally, there are clear descriptions of how these patterns work together to solve real problems. I was able to put the patterns described in this book into immediate use in the large-scale industrial projects that I was and still am working on. And when I say I was able to put them to use, I mean not just sparingly but rather at the very core of the architecture I was building. I can honestly say that the use of the patterns and techniques described in this book has saved me hundreds of hours of time and headache! This book takes what has been, in the past, the skill of only a few programmers and provides you with tools to tackle the complex tasks of architecting and programming concurrent and networked software.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Network programmer - This book is a must. March 6, 2001
Format:Hardcover
If your intention is writing a network, concurrent application, the book is both a place to start and the best reference when trying to design your application. It explains each pattern, the context, the problems, the solutions, how to implement, why do we implement that way, examples, variants of the pattern, the advantages and the disadvantages of each pattern, how to combine the patterns together, and more. The book is very very clear and understandable (many books lacks this important feature!). One I have read the book I was able to start and implement a concurrent Server. It is very clear that without that book it was hard to do so! There is no doubt that this book makes the concurrent programming simpler for both, beginners and advanced.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Patterns Hidden in Excessive Verbiage November 21, 2004
Format:Hardcover
First, the patterns in this book are very good. It was nice to see some coverage of low level networking patterns. As an experienced programmer, I was vaguely familiar with many of the patterns already, but it is really helpful to see the lines drawn in the sand, to hear why the authors chose to break things up as they did, and to understand the ramifications of the patterns in greater detail (eg, their clarification of the difference between Observer and Interceptor was quite helpful). I even got to learn some new patterns! (The Leader / Followers pattern was new to me.)

That said, the writing style about drove me BANANAS! I have never lost my place in a sentence when reading a book so many times. I must have read every line twice. Look, I'm a computer geek - I LOVE dense technical books, but this is something else. It's like reading Shakespear, or Charles Dickens. The authors must have been paid by the word. The specific implies the general! Have mercy! I don't need the difference between an interface and its concrete implementation belabored every time it comes up (and in a patterns book, believe me it's often!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Gift
Got this as a Christmas gift for my boyfriend. He is reading it at the moment and keeps telling me how much he loves this book. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Halle Baird
3.0 out of 5 stars Book Chapters Available For Free From ACE Site
This is an excellent book, but the patterns (Connector, Acceptor, Acceptor-Connector, Reactor, Proactor, Half Sync-Half Async ..... Read more
Published on August 19, 2008 by Game Ignition Incorporated
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for programmers in its domain
I recently finished reading Pattern Oriented Software Architecture Vol 2: Patterns for Networked and Concurrent Objects. Read more
Published on August 10, 2006 by Tahir Hashmi
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best
If you really want to understand concurrent networked systems, this is the book. It codifies things that have only been known as "black magic" in the past. Read more
Published on March 9, 2006 by Sanjay K. Aiyagari
2.0 out of 5 stars Good information badly written
This book summarizes some important distributed systems patterns researchers have identified in recent years. Read more
Published on April 8, 2005 by Nobody's Business
4.0 out of 5 stars Size does matter
Big problems really are different from small problems. Solutions to small problems rarely scale well - the big solution often has to be different in kind from the small one. Read more
Published on October 27, 2004 by wiredweird
2.0 out of 5 stars hard to read - poorly written
Doug Schmidt is a world authority on Corba and a helpful and unassuming person; so I was eager to get this book since he is listed as one of four co-authors. Read more
Published on March 15, 2004 by Anil Philip
4.0 out of 5 stars Must have book for ACE software development
This book is very sepecific to ACE. It contains very good information about Reactor, Connector,Acceptor and Service patterns. Read more
Published on November 17, 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Verbose and Specific
It's a great topic for a book - concurrent network programming.
Although the documented patterns suit server and client applications, I would have prefered to see them treated... Read more
Published on March 30, 2002 by Simon Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars A life preserver in the sea of software chaos
Builds extensively upon the foundations laid out by the previous POSA book, and Design Patterns from the notorious "Gang of Four". Read more
Published on October 10, 2001 by Amazon Customer
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