<pre>Author/s : Partha Kuchana Publisher : Auerbach Publications Category :Design Patterns, UML, and Refactoring Review by : Lasse Koskela Rating : 9 horseshoes</pre> Design patterns used to be the hottest topic around a couple of years ago. One of the side-effects was the "Applied Java Patterns" book which I very much liked and used to recommend to anyone looking for a "GoF" replacement using Java for code examples. Not anymore. From now on, I'm recommending Kuchana's "Software Architecture Design Patterns in Java".
Why am I so pleased with this book? What makes it any different than other design pattern books? Well, first of all the volume is huge. Kuchana's book covers all the original Gang of Four patterns plus another 20 or so patterns, including a couple of multithreading related patterns. Second, the text itself is very readable and doesn't cling too much on fancy words. The explanations are concise and to the point. Further kudos goes to dealing with such frequently asked questions like the difference between Factory Method and Abstract Factory.
To list some things I didn't like about this book, I have to say that having exercises without sample answers in the back was a tiny disappointment and I would've preferred a bit more condensed font for the code listings. That's about it.
All in all, a very good choice for filling the gaping design patterns encyclopedia slot in your bookshelf. Highly recommended.
I don't really understand why the title contains the words "architecture", "design" and "Java" together... I know architectural patterns and design patterns, but I wonder how "architecture design patterns" look like... Moreover, software architecture, design and implementation are usually at completely different levels and it is not always clear where one ends and the other begins. I'm sure the book is OK but the title could have been much better chosen because I'm quite sure it doesn't reflect the real nature of the content in terms of appropriate software engineering parlance...