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Patterns and buzzwards

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Raymond Lewallen has posted Patterns are no Buzzwards, I agree with the sentiment, but I think that he is ignoring a big issue.

What is the all too frequent usage of patterns?

All too often, I am seeing patterns used indiscrimately. "What do you mean I should use a Momento here, it is in the Book". Patterns are invaluable as a way of expressing complex ideas in a simple, consistent manner, the problem is that this value is cheapened by misuse all over the place.

The idea of patterns in great, the implementation of it... could use some refactoring.


Raymond Lewallen

I'm not ignoring that issue, I believe its a different issue and one that should be addressed on its own. The issue I brought out was using patterns as an effective form of communication. The issue you bring up is the misuse of patterns in implementation.

Ayende Rahien

I think that the reason that some people thinks that patterns are buzzwards is because of the implementation.

Sean Chambers

I love the people who say they have a "favorite pattern", those are gems.

Honestly, I am just starting to use patterns as I gain a good understanding of them, I am sure I am using patterns in a few places and don't notice it, but I try to stay away from the ones I don't fully understand yet. At the same time, I feel I could be using them more.

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