The Boston Diaries

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Some more musings on programming, given the recent spate of entries on the topic

Patterns are signs of weakness in programming languages.

When we identify and document one, that should not be the end of the story. Rather, we should have the long-term goal of trying to understand how to improve the language so that the pattern becomes invisible or unnecessary.

Design patterns of 1972

While I've heard of the Gang of Four and their book, Design Patterns, I've never quite understood all the hoopla over it—the whole concept seemed pretty silly, or too obvious, to warrant a whole book on the subject. And it seems like I'm not the only one to think that as well, and I agree with the author, design patterns are silly.

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