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Understanding the Power of Abstraction in Patterns
July/August 2007 (vol. 24 no. 4)
pp. 46-51
Linda Rising, independent consultant
This unusual experience report about mining and documenting patterns describes lessons learned from writing a set of patterns. Many times, pattern stories report on an author's expertise and creation of a set of patterns and their application in that area of expertise. When Linda Rising and Mary Lynn Manns were working on a collection of patterns for introducing patterns, they built on their experience and looked to others' successes—uncovering new patterns and seeing examples, stories, and known uses of the patterns they had discovered. After their book Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas was published, Rising produced a patterns hand book for agricultural innovations. This experience gave her a broader and deeper understanding of what they had written. This article is part of a special issue on software patterns.
Index Terms:
patterns, abstraction, pattern language, pattern languages, pattern writing.
Citation:
Linda Rising, "Understanding the Power of Abstraction in Patterns," IEEE Software, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 46-51, July-Aug. 2007, doi:10.1109/MS.2007.123
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