- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (November 15, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321127420
- ISBN-13: 978-0321127426
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
The practice of enterprise application development has benefited from the emergence of many new enabling technologies. Multi-tiered object-oriented platforms, such as Java and .NET, have become commonplace. These new tools and technologies are capable of building powerful applications, but they are not easily implemented. Common failures in enterprise applications often occur because their developers do not understand the architectural lessons that experienced object developers have learned.
Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture is written in direct response to the stiff challenges that face enterprise application developers. The author, noted object-oriented designer Martin Fowler, noticed that despite changes in technology--from Smalltalk to CORBA to Java to .NET--the same basic design ideas can be adapted and applied to solve common problems. With the help of an expert group of contributors, Martin distills over forty recurring solutions into patterns. The result is an indispensable handbook of solutions that are applicable to any enterprise application platform.
This book is actually two books in one. The first section is a short tutorial on developing enterprise applications, which you can read from start to finish to understand the scope of the book's lessons. The next section, the bulk of the book, is a detailed reference to the patterns themselves. Each pattern provides usage and implementation information, as well as detailed code examples in Java or C#. The entire book is also richly illustrated with UML diagrams to further explain the concepts.
Armed with this book, you will have the knowledge necessary to make important architectural decisions about building an enterprise application and the proven patterns for use when building them.
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About the Author
Martin Fowler is an independent consultant who has applied objects to pressing business problems for more than a decade. He has consulted on systems in fields such as health care, financial trading, and corporate finance. His clients include Chrysler, Citibank, UK National Health Service, Andersen Consulting, and Netscape Communications. In addition, Fowler is a regular speaker on objects, the Unified Modeling Language, and patterns.
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Top Customer Reviews
One thing I would like to add is that this book was still excellent reading and skimming through the patterns sparked my creative energies. I find that when I read through it, even if I 'know' the patterns already, it helps me explore their organization and consequences.
I was disappointed that I wasn't blown away with helpful new concepts, but quite happy with my purchase all the same. Buy this if you want a thorough guide to EAA and maybe some enjoyable afternoon reading.
(The following was added about 2 months after the original review) After owning this book for awhile, I've found it more and more indispensible. My original review, above, mentions that few of the concepts seem new, however, now that I've read it more thoroughly and applied some of the concepts, I don't think that 'mind-blowing originality' is what I should have been looking for.
Fowler's 'Refactoring' is another example of a great book without any stunningly original concepts. Like Refactoring, PEAA can serve as a great guide to page through when you're stuck on a project and need to review your options.
I read in a review that this book is biased toward java: I must disagree--while most of the example are in java (chosen because its a language most developer, at least, know how to read, if not program in), the concepts are universal and can be applied to almost any object oriented language. I've never programmed an enterprise application in Java--yet, it is my go to book when designing architecture for my language of choice.
So if you are thinking are buying this and think it is dated: Its not.
Or think its for java devs: its not.
There's my two cents
I didn't look at this book for a long time simply because of the word "enterprise." I felt the word was too overloaded to be useful. I've heard too many managers, recruiters, and other programmers use this word to mean too many different things. Fowler defines enterprise application as "the display, manipulation, and storage of large amounts of often complex data and the support or automation of business process with that data." By that definition every system I've ever worked on has been an enterprise application.
A dense, tough read. I almost wish I was at a whiteboard or kept a notepad while reading.
Fowler gives a fantastic presentation of how to design software using databases, distributed components, etc. This is given through good narratives and anecdotes of Fowler's own experiences, and also through the patterns distilled from these.
The best thing I can say about this book is I would put it fourth in the list of books-I'd-like-anybody-I'm-working-with-to-have-read, right after to Design Patterns, Refactoring, and Extreme Programming Explained.
As with most patterns books, not everything in here is an amazing revelation, but the common approach, terminology, and ways of categorizing problems and solutions make it very valuable.
Programmers who utilize design patterns and refactoring, and who work on software systems involving distributed components and/or databases should take a look at this book.