Patterns have caught on as a way of cataloguing object-oriented designs. There is an annual conference on the subject, and this is the "proceedings" of the first such conference. Chock full of interesting ideas ranging over everything from single patterns to entire Pattern Languages, from a Pattern for account numbers to Patterns for the entire analysis process or even structuring a software development company, there is something useful here for everyone.
The Patterns are grouped into the following categories: Frameworks and Components Systems and Distributed Processing Business Objects Process and Organization Design Patterns and Catalogs Architecture and Communication Object Usage and Style Events and Event Handlers
Until now there has been no complete and up-to-date work on the pattern concept available. The knowledge of the latest advances in the conceptual foundations of patterns remains locked in the minds of a few experts and thought leaders in the patterns community. Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture, Volume 5 (POSA 5) mines this knowledge and documents it for the consumption of the broader software development community.
POSA 5 presents, discusses, relates, and contrasts the many known flavors and applications of the pattern concept: stand-alone patterns, pattern complements, pattern compounds, pattern stories and sequences, and pattern languages. For each concept flavor, the authors investigate its fundamental and advanced properties, and explore insights that help readers master concepts that are well known in the pattern community.
The book is presented in three main parts:
The authors provide an overview of the current state of knowledge and practice in software patterns. The book codifies the key roles and relationships of the pattern concept in one volume, allowing readers to deepen their understanding of what patterns are, what they are not, and how to use them successfully.
This concepts volume revisits principles developed in previous POSA volumes and other sources of software pattern literature to enhance, revise, and extend these ideas.