April 11, 2005
TechBookReport on 'Holub On Patterns'
TBR writes "Unlike the majority of books on design patterns in software, this one is not structured around a series of stand-alone patterns that exist in splendid isolation. Where most patterns books are catalogues of varying degrees of complexity, this one is heavily code-centric and seeks to show patterns as they exist in the wild. This makes for a much more complex and demanding read but it's necessary because the real world is much messier than the relatively simplistic world that emerges from the relatively simple examples in many design patterns texts. There's no doubt that there's a big gap between an intellectual understanding of patterns and being able to recognise when and where to use them in your own code. This is the gap that Allen Holub aims to bridge with this book."