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The Benefit of Patterns
September/October 2010 (vol. 27 no. 5)
pp. 15-17
Linda Rising, independent consultant
Does the real power of patterns lie not in the extraordinary solutions an expert provides but in the pattern writer's ability to capture deep insight into the simple, ordinary, basic structures that support good decision-making? This article provides two examples of one person's experience in uncovering the benefit of patterns.

1. E. Gamma et al., Design Patterns, Addison-Wesley, 1995.
2. L. Rising, The Pattern Almanac 2000, Addison-Wesley, 2000.
3. R. Dunbar, Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language, Harvard Univ. Press, 1998.
4. F.P. Brooks, The Mythical Man-Month, Addison-Wesley, 1995.

Index Terms:
patterns, architecture, design, decision-making, team size
Citation:
Linda Rising, "The Benefit of Patterns," IEEE Software, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 15-17, Sept.-Oct. 2010, doi:10.1109/MS.2010.127
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