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Advise sought on design pattern

 
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Hi every body
I am working on java for the past one year mainly on servlets and jsp and using struts as the framework. I have been using the MVC pattern.
Now I have been asked by the TL to update myself on the design patterns.
I surfed a few sites on design patterns. But I am confused as to when and how will I use the design patterns? And which pattern should I use ?Am I supposed to learn all the patterns?

I am basically a programmer. And what I have come to know is that the design patterns are software-engineering and design concepts . So on the retrospect can infer that I will be put through a software designers work in the near future. I am a little excited and nervous as well.

Please advise.

 
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Brendon,
As you might already know, design pattern is a fancy word for a set of well known problem-solution combinations that have been identified and defined based on past experiences. So to know when to apply what pattern, you should first understand what kind of problem each pattern solves. And design patterns are not just meant for some designers. As a programmer, if are familiar with these patterns, it will only make you better. Also design patterns might be confusing and intimidating for some beginners. So starting with looking at some code samples might help you understand. There are so many resources out there, but see if this one helps Design Patterns. Good luck.

Velu Kasirajah
 
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Brendon you may find the free introductory videos here useful.
 
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