Design Pattern books..

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Design Pattern books..

Posted 08 June 2009 - 12:59 PM

I am looking to pick up a design pattern book to flip through in my down time at work. I hear the "gang of four"'s book is pretty solid, but it seems.. well kinda dated (about 10 years old).

Is this still a worth while investment? Are there newer (or better) books out there I should pick up instead?

I also saw one of the GO4 wrote a sorta sequel called 'pattern hatching'. I am guessing I should read the GO4 first then this second?

Let me know your thoughts on these books and any recommendations.

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I'm up five years as a professional programming, and had spent two years as a professional tester.
I'm a primary .NET (VB and C#) and SQL guy.


Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series)
by Erich Gamma (Author), Richard Helm (Author), Ralph Johnson (Author), John M. Vlissides (Author)

Pattern Hatching: Design Patterns Applied
(Software Patterns Series) (Paperback)
by John M. Vlissides

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Re: Design Pattern books..

Posted 08 June 2009 - 01:48 PM

View Postmodi123_1, on 8 Jun, 2009 - 11:59 AM, said:

I am looking to pick up a design pattern book to flip through in my down time at work. I hear the "gang of four"'s book is pretty solid, but it seems.. well kinda dated (about 10 years old).

Is this still a worth while investment? Are there newer (or better) books out there I should pick up instead?

I also saw one of the GO4 wrote a sorta sequel called 'pattern hatching'. I am guessing I should read the GO4 first then this second?

Let me know your thoughts on these books and any recommendations.

If you need to tailor your response to me:
I'm up five years as a professional programming, and had spent two years as a professional tester.
I'm a primary .NET (VB and C#) and SQL guy.


Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series)
by Erich Gamma (Author), Richard Helm (Author), Ralph Johnson (Author), John M. Vlissides (Author)

Pattern Hatching: Design Patterns Applied
(Software Patterns Series) (Paperback)
by John M. Vlissides


gof is very good.i dont think its "dated"
you can get what you looking for.Use the book of pattern namers guys :P
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Re: Design Pattern books..

Posted 08 June 2009 - 02:31 PM

View PostKerrigan, on 8 Jun, 2009 - 02:48 PM, said:

View Postmodi123_1, on 8 Jun, 2009 - 11:59 AM, said:

I am looking to pick up a design pattern book to flip through in my down time at work. I hear the "gang of four"'s book is pretty solid, but it seems.. well kinda dated (about 10 years old).

Is this still a worth while investment? Are there newer (or better) books out there I should pick up instead?

I also saw one of the GO4 wrote a sorta sequel called 'pattern hatching'. I am guessing I should read the GO4 first then this second?

Let me know your thoughts on these books and any recommendations.

If you need to tailor your response to me:
I'm up five years as a professional programming, and had spent two years as a professional tester.
I'm a primary .NET (VB and C#) and SQL guy.


Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series)
by Erich Gamma (Author), Richard Helm (Author), Ralph Johnson (Author), John M. Vlissides (Author)

Pattern Hatching: Design Patterns Applied
(Software Patterns Series) (Paperback)
by John M. Vlissides


gof is very good.i dont think its "dated"
you can get what you looking for.Use the book of pattern namers guys :P

I'm not sure if I follow that last line - what?
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Posted 08 June 2009 - 03:12 PM

The best introduction you can get - Head First: Design Patterns. Hands down the most entertaining CS text.
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Re: Design Pattern books..

Posted 08 June 2009 - 09:58 PM

View PostDantheman, on 8 Jun, 2009 - 04:12 PM, said:

The best introduction you can get - Head First: Design Patterns. Hands down the most entertaining CS text.


Yeah I saw that - entertaining yes, but is the content there? Some of the amazon reviews side with it being kinda shady on details.
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Posted 09 June 2009 - 09:13 AM

Well, it probably wouldn't be used as a textbook at MIT, but if you're looking for an easy introduction, look no further.
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Posted 09 June 2009 - 11:31 AM

You will see that some patterns named like "gof patterns"
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Re: Design Pattern books..

Posted 09 June 2009 - 11:52 AM

View PostKerrigan, on 9 Jun, 2009 - 12:31 PM, said:

You will see that some patterns named like "gof patterns"


So you are saying the "Head First: Design Patterns" also includes the GOF stuff?
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Posted 09 June 2009 - 11:54 AM

Head First book is a great intro. GoF book is also good, but it was written pre-UML standardization, so you may find it less clear that something newer. Also, looking online yields lots of results.
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Posted 09 June 2009 - 12:10 PM

View PostProgrammist, on 9 Jun, 2009 - 12:54 PM, said:

Head First book is a great intro. GoF book is also good, but it was written pre-UML standardization, so you may find it less clear that something newer. Also, looking online yields lots of results.



Okay. Sounds good. I have been skimming websites for a bit now.. like this for the .NET'ers.. http://www.dofactory...s/Patterns.aspx
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Posted 09 June 2009 - 07:55 PM

I haven't read the GoF book (yet).

I did recently read Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture - It's a great book and I definitely recommend it (I do enterprise app dev so it was very relevant to me). Fowler is well respected on the subject.
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