- Series: Software Patterns Series
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1st edition (July 9, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201715945
- ISBN-13: 978-0201715941
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,065,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design 1st Edition
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"...I would expect that readers with a basic understanding of object-oriented programming and design would find this book useful, before approaching design patterns completely. Design Patterns Explained complements the existing design patterns texts and may perform a very useful role, fitting between introductory texts such as UML Distilled and the more advanced patterns books."
Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design draws together the principles of object-oriented programming with the power of design patterns to create an environment for robust and reliable software development. Packed with practical and applicable examples, this book teaches you to solve common programming problems with patterns--and explains the advantages of patterns for modern software design.
Beginning with a complete overview of the fundamentals of patterns, Design Patterns Explained stresses the importance of analysis and design. The authors clearly demonstrate how patterns can facilitate the overall development process. Throughout the book, key object-oriented design principles are explained, along with the concepts and benefits behind specific patterns. With illustrative examples in C++ and Java, the book demystifies the "whys," "why nots," and "hows" of patterns and explains pattern implementation.
Key topics covered include:
- New perspectives on objects, encapsulation, and inheritance
- The idea of design patterns, their origins, and how they apply in the discipline of software design
- Pattern-based, object-oriented software development using the Unified Modeling Language (UML)
- How to implement critical patterns--Strategy, Observer, Bridge, Decorator, and many more
- Commonality/Variability Analysis and design patterns, and how they aid in understanding abstract classes
From analysis to implementation, Design Patterns Explained allows you to unleash the true potential of patterns and paves the path for improving your overall designs. This book provides newcomers with a genuinely accurate and helpful introduction to object-oriented design patterns.
About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
On the other hand, this book can be a little tedious because it is written for all levels of programming experience, so at times I felt that it was a bit wordy and that a good 40-50 pages could have been trimmed.
I was both happy and disappointed to read the book. I was happy because I found out that I had already used most of the patterns and OOP techniques described in the book but just didn't know what they were called, and therefore I wasn't behind the curve! :-) The flip side, of course, is that I was disappointed not to have learned any new earth shattering techniques.
But overall, the book remains a worthwhile read. Software development is getting more complex all the time. Using design patterns formalizes common techniques in use, and more importantly, gives them names and context. This raises the level of discussion among developers, especially at the conceptual level. A further plus is the authors' introduction to UML and their use of it throughout the book.
I won't go into details about the contents of the book. Other reviewers have already done a superb job of this.
BTW, Metrowerks' PowerPlant users will recognize a number of the patterns described in this book.
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I just wanted to say thank you for writing such a great book. I had been advised to read your book before picking up the Gang of Four's Design Patterns, and I...Read more