- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (July 2, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201432935
- ISBN-13: 978-0201432930
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Author John Vlissides is a member of the so-called Gang of Four: writers of the bestselling and influential Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software, a catalog of 23 design patterns. This more recent book delivers considerable insight on using and applying software design patterns--reusable designs for common programming problems--and compiles the author's further experience with patterns.
Pattern Hatching first defends the patterns movement by offering 10 myths about patterns, which provide a framework for thinking about the role of patterns in today's software. (While not a silver bullet, the author argues for the continued importance of patterns throughout software engineering.) The next section shows how to apply several patterns (drawn from the original 23) in a file system; the author uses and describes common patterns such as the Composite, Visitor, Proxy, and Singleton. To help illustrate how to use patterns and how they work together, the author also provides C++ source code for the designs in the book.
Part of the fun of reading Pattern Hatching is getting the author's insight on the origin of thinking about patterns, including several patterns that were actually left out of the original book, such as the Generation Gap pattern and the Multicast pattern.
For readers who are familiar with Design Patterns, Pattern Hatching is a lively behind-the-scenes look at one of the most important recent developments in software design. --Richard Dragan
"This book will help you understand how the GoF book-and, indeed, any collection of design patterns-can be a treasured guide without being a burdensome prescription." -- James O. Coplien, Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs Innovations
Wow! I've never read a technical book written in such an appealing style. John really has surmounted a challenge here: being concrete, correct, and engaging on a technical subject. -- Frank Buschmann, Siemens AG
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GoF is if you need to dive into patterns. This one if you need to swim in patterns. Don't expect a list of patterns as in GoF. This is more on how to identify a pattern, how to chose among a set of patterns, when to use, when to invent and etc.
This book will serve best after the pattern hype has washed over you atleast once.
Then, the pattern Generation Gap teached me that find a pattern is relative easy, if we look deep.
Finally, the book is totally recommendable to software engineerings that wants to increase the knowledge about patterns and that are always looking different ways to do things, it's like getting inspiration for discovering more.
All in all, quite interesting reading. There's also some useful information for the sofware developers who want to document their own patterns.
The only thing I didn't really like about the book is that it's too short.
The first half of this book is like sitting behind Vlissides while he works at the keyboard, and listening to him talk to himself. It's very informal and conversational. I don't know how well it generalizes to other patterns in other contexts. For some people, though, a concrete example like this seems very helpful.
The second half of the book didn't give me much useful information. It continues the informal, conversational style. This part, however, involves several developers in the process of identifying, characterizing, and sometimes disqualifying candidates for design-pattern-hood. As much as I respect the people in the conversation, that section has a Disney-like fictional quality that I don't like. The old conversations have been reconstructed and morphed into some cleaned-up and picked-over form that reads well. Mostly, they just don't say anything that I can really use.
Seeing an example worked may help some people. On the whole, though, this book has less information per inch of shelf space than many others. Populate your bookshelf accordingly.