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Books on design patterns

 
svoropay
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Can anybody recommend any good books on design patterns except for "Design Patterns" by Gof?
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Christopher Kerns
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Check out "Pattern Hatching: Design Patterns Applied" by John Vlissides. Considered a great follow on to GoF.
 
Mark Herschberg
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I actually didn't like "Pattern Hatching: Design Patterns Applied." I didn't find it very helpful.
Check out the "OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring" forum, there were a number of discussions on this topic in late Jan/early Feb.
I have a couple books and web sites I referenced in a talk I gave. See http://web.mit.edu/hershey/www/Real_World_Software_Engineering_files/references.txt
There are scores of pattern and pattern-related books these days. A good bet is to go to your favorite online book retailer, search of "software patterns" and read the reviews listed.

--Mark
hershey@vaultus.com
 
Faisal Ch
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Another good book is "Java Design Patterns" by James Cooper
 
Nayyer Kamran
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I found "Thinking in Patterns" by Bruce Eckel a good book to go through. and available in electoronic version at bruceeckel.com
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Angela Poynton
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Take a look at The bunkhouse for some useful books!
 
Frank Carver
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"svoropay",
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Kannan Ramanathan
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There is also another good book available on-line. You can try that also.
URL: http://www.patterndepot.com/put/8/JavaPatterns.htm
 
Mark Halloran
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I got some value from Patterns in Java, Vol. 1 by Mark Grand. Here's a link on Amazon...
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0471258393/qid=982678768/sr=1-1/ref=sc_b_1/105-5547603-7743127

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Mark Halloran
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Oh... I should probably have mentioned that this book covers the 23 GOF patterns with Java implementations and adds a few that I hadn't seen before.

Mark

Originally posted by Mark Halloran:
I got some value from Patterns in Java, Vol. 1 by Mark Grand. Here's a link on Amazon...
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0471258393/qid=982678768/sr=1-1/re f=sc_b_1/105-5547603-7743127

Mark

 
Satyashree Mahapatra
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By far a really good book on design patterns is -
"Design Patterns" by by Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides, Grady Booch (Designer)
We had used this book while designing one of our projects. I feel it is a bit heavy for first timers but once you get a hang of it it is really good.
I am going through another book which is kind of a quick reference -
"Essential Java Style - Patterns for Implementation" by Jeff Langr.
I will not comment on it yet. I will say it is a good primer for patterns.
 
Sergei Voropay
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I heard some pretty good comments on "The Design Patterns. Java Companion" by James Cooper. Can anybody comment on this book?
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Jeff, Carlson
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I had seen that someone had already mentioned 'Java Design Patterns' by Cooper. It is an excellent book. It follows the �Design Patterns� book or more commonly called the GoF book. He goes over the same patterns, but the nice thing is that he uses java examples for everything, and they are full working programs and are supplied on CD also. I recommend it whole-heartedly.
 
Kevin Yip
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I've read a few chapters of the draft (downloadable) version of "Thinking in Patterns" by Bruce Eckel. It explains design patterns clearly. Should be a good start!
 
Gilberto
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I didn't like "Java Design Patterns" by James Cooper. It didn't show enougth in a deep understanding how patterns can be applied.
"Thinking in Patterns" is a good book to understand global principles about design patterns, but I think this is not enougth level for the exam.
After reading both books, I'm thinking on buying the GoF "Desing Patterns"
 
Anil Vupputuri
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Here are a few Design pattern sites you might find interesting:
http://www.meurrens.org/ip-Links/java/designPatterns/
http://www.labsoftware.com/Patterns/
This is a web site with pointers to several other places where you can find more information:
http://hem.passagen.se/gumby/cs/patterns.html

[This message has been edited by Anil Vupputuri (edited February 21, 2001).]
 
Christopher Kerns
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I've read some really harsh reviews of Mark Grand's books. It seems newby types love them because they are easy to read and focus on Java instead of the C++ code you'll find in GoF. But it would appear that people who are already deeply rooted in design patterns are rather dissappointed by it.
To be safe, I've decided to stay away from them until I'm smart enough to tell the difference myself, because I know how damaging it can be to learn something the first time from a bad book (and then think you know the right way!).
That's just me, though.
Chris
 
Bidyut Padhi
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The Gama Book I will prefer the Best.
Bidyut
 
Andrew Spruce
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I have read the GoF book and James Coopers companion to it.
Although I have no C++ or Smalltalk, the principles in GoF are understandable if you reread it a few times. They explain things accurately and clearly, but like the O'Reilly nutshell books it is fact rich with not much hand holding. In other words don't expect it to be a tutorial.
I like the Java focus in James Coopers book though and he spends a lot of time helping you spot Patterns in Swing. There are quite a few typos in the downloadable version (hey what do you expect for free ?).
It also makes you realise how unlikely you are to use some of
these patterns (Flyweight, Interpreter ??) and how you have been using some already without even realising it.
What I would like is a book that focuses on any Patterns that might be present in the J2EE platform and how your apps might use new Patterns.
Now I am getting boring....
 
John Wetherbie
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I would go with the Gamma, et. al./Gang of Four/Gof book. I'm not sure about Cooper's book but I did see him give a talk at a conference. He covered a lot of patterns and was a good presenter but it is difficult to predict how good the book is based on this.
My impression of Grand's books from the times I have glanced at them were that they pretty much took patterns from other sources (GoF, PLoP) and just changed the code to Java. I could be wrong on this.
John
 
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