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The reading gets even more interesting in the second part, which moves on to the more recent design patterns, grouped into different fields of interest: functional programming, automated testing, user interface, web and messaging. Each and every design pattern is introduced in a broader context, with a discussion of its advantages and drawbacks. Most of them are even accompanied by interesting examples from the lively world of A Song of Ice and Fire. At the very end a couple of words are dedicated to the broader topic of dependency injection, aspect-oriented programming and macros, each one of them deserving a book of its own.
Simon tells you a story about a medieval people with different challenges. These will be tackled in a rather whimsy fashion through the many classical and modern patterns that are used in modern software industry.
I've found really interesting the chapter that illustrate the test pattern, written by the author in an indipendent-tool way, bringing the user to apply the know-how to the tools he found comfortable with.
Using the patterns here will almost certainly save you a lot of trial and error and developmental headaches, and that alone makes this a great investment.
The subject matter is complicated enough, but if you are not a "Game of Thrones" sycophant, it will be difficult to waddle through his examples.
The author should have chosen more common place examples, and not pigeon hole them to the TV show Game of Thrones.
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!