Here's another resource: Bruce Eckell's Thinking In Patterns. I can't say this is my favorite of his work, but I think he does all the GoF patterns in Java. Oh, and read it free online! [ January 20, 2004: Message edited by: Stan James ]
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In my opinion, design patterns are to be realized intuitively when we come across a scenario in software design. The best book i came across was "Applying UML and Patterns by Craig Larman" I read it in the context of preparing for the IBM's UML exam. The book explains a single case study from start to finish and realizes the design patterns during the course of explanation. I found it to be very useful and much better than the standard (GoF book, which i have).
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