Posted by bethfreeman
on October 27, 2004 at 10:48 AM PDT
This month is the ten-year anniversary of the publication of Design Patterns, by Gamma, Helm, Johnson and Vlissides. I'm proud to announce that ten years after the publication of this important book, I've co-authored my own book on design patterns, Head First Design Patterns, now available from O'Reilly and Associates.
Time flies... Can you believe it's been ten years since Design Patterns was written and published by the Gang of Four? If you're not familar with this book, you should be: Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software by Gamma, Helm, Johnson, and Vlissides (affectionately known as the "gang of four") introduced the world to the idea of creating reusable, general OO designs that could be applied across lots of problems.
This book certainly changed the way I thought about OO design and has had a huge impact in every organization I've ever worked in. Over the years, however, I've found a lot of the design patterns literature is mostly written from an "academic" perspective and aimed at the OO expert crowd. So, about a year ago, Eric Freeman and I undertook the task of creating a new book on design patterns with the goal of taking a fresh look at patterns, aimed at not only experienced developers, but also those new to OO design. We were lucky to work with Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates, creators of the wildly popular and much-loved Head First series. The result? What we think is the perfect mix of an engaging approach and a fascinating topic.
We're proud announce the publication of Head First Design Patterns and happy that its release coincides with the tenth anniversary of the very first Design Patterns catalog.