This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
This is probably not a very good question but I read somewhere a long time ago that there are different sub categories to patterns. The example was something like creative and behavior patterns. The question is what is the difference between these and are there more categories of patterns? I am still trying to learn as much as possible about design patterns as I can. I have read the GoF book, and I know everbody loves it, but I just thought it was boring and hard to get through. We had another patterns book in our office that everybody loved but it was Java specific. I wish I could remember it but the guy whose book it was left a few months after I started. Sorry to get off in a ramble but I have heard good things from people that have read Deepak Alur's books.
If you want a less "academic" version of the GoF Patterns book then I suggest Applied Java Patterns. It describes the patterns and their possible implementations in Java but retains the timeless quality. Personally, I prefer the GoF Book but I realize that others might not.
Great site. Thanks, very helpful. To Chris, I do know a lot of people who think that GoF book is the book all other design pattern books are measured. IMHO, I would not recommend it to people who have no pattern experience. Now that I have learned more about patterns and used them, I really should go back and read it over. Thanks again...