Patterns vs. Blueprints

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Recently I had several discussions about the usage of patterns, and application thereof. Usually, there are recommended implementation for a pattern, often this is the way it is presented in its pattern catalog.

The discussion had to do with the amount of fidelity that you had in implementing the pattern. My view on that is that the usage of a pattern doesn't require a one to one match with the common implementation, but leave room for change while keeping the concepts of the pattern in use.

Patterns are the overall shape of the solution, they are not a blueprint, to be slavishly followed.