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Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture, Patterns for Concurrent and Networked Objects Hardcover – Oct 3 2000
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"This book is one of the more important contributions to the literature on 'patterns' and deserves to become a standard text on its specified area of interest."
-- Overload, September 2000
"Let me Start by saying that I highly recommend this book. If you are a reader of the expanding literature on pattern-oriented software design, rush out and buy this book! This book has the potential to be a seminal volume." --Glenn E. Mitchell II, Ph.D.: Microsoft Office Pro; www.msofficepro.com; (5/30/01)
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Designing application and middleware software to run in concurrent and networked environments is a significant challenge to software developers. The patterns catalogued in this second volume of Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture (POSA) form the basis of a pattern language that addresses issues associated with concurrency and networking. The book presents 17 interrelated patterns ranging from idioms through architectural designs. They cover core elements of building concurrent and network systems: service access and configuration, event handling, synchronization, and concurrency. All patterns present extensive examples and known uses in multiple programming languages, including C++, C, and Java. The book can be used to tackle specific software development problems or read from cover to cover to provide a fundamental understanding of the best practices for constructing concurrent and networked applications and middleware.See all Product Description
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However after 1 1/2 years of sitting on my shelf and not being used much, I think someone needs to point out to the editor, that it is not very readable.
The GOF patterns book (by Vlissides) was a pleasure and easy to read. However this book is full of bewildering sentences like (page 217, 2nd sentence, 1st para). Exact quote:
"When asynchronous service processing completes, the application must handle the corresponding completion events delivered by the operating system to indicate the end of the asynchronous computations."
If most of the reader's mental effort is spent in parsing such sentences, rather than grappling with concepts, then the purpose is lost.
The hallmark of a skillful writer lies in being able to explain great (though complex) concepts clearly.
It is puzzling because Prof. Schmidt's papers are clearly written; "too many co-authors spoil the broth" :)
The first section is quite short, but covers the problem space nicely and provides the motivation for what follows. The presentation is greatly helped by a case study for applying patterns to a concurrent web server; this illustrates how individual patterns can be used to solve particular problems and provides a practical perspective for how to make use of what is in the remainder of the book.
The second section constitutes the majority of the book and describes a large collection of network and concurrency patterns. Here is where the real meat of the book can be found, with 17 different patterns plus variants. There is something for everyone here, such as interceptor, reactor, acceptor-connector, etc. The patterns are presented clearly, with ample UML diagrams to support the extensive explanations. What I liked particularly is that the presentation is both complete and fair. For example, the double-checked locking pattern isn't just presented as a panacea for singleton initialization. Instead, you get explicit warnings about memory coherency issues, together with examples for how to deal with them, so you don't go and implement something and then wonder why it doesn't work...
The final section of the book shows how to connect patterns into a pattern language, such that each pattern nicely fits into a larger architectural whole. There is also some speculation as to where patterns might be headed next. (According to the authors, we are nowhere near having exhausted the topic.Read more ›
This book, it seems has the potential to go down as one of the seminal works in OOP / Patterns along with the works of GoF, Booch, Stroustrup and .... oops!! this review needs to wrap in 1000 words. sorry !
It starts with the motivations and challenges behind networked and concurrent systems and the why/how of the crisis in distributed computing. The book then focusses on 4 major realms of OO concurent and networked pgmg : Service Access and Configuration, Event Handling, Synchronization and Concurrency.
In each of these sections, 4-5 patterns are discussed in an easy format and exhaustive detail. Finally, the book talks about how multiple patterns can collaborate to form meaningful frameworks for systems [and patterns themselves] and the brief chronological rundown of the happenings in the patterns world (including taking a shot at the future <CrystalBall pattern ;-) ?>
I somehow find the style more lucid than the GoF book. Gotta say, love the CRC cards !
And oh ! There is this fantastico case study of a web server [JAWS, essentially]
If you are close to ACE/TAO or love C++ idioms or dig Patterns or writing OO message passing libraries for Linux clusters, beg borrow or steal this book. (Preferably buy ;-) [Thanks to my supportive manager to have got me this ! ]
>> Why you want to buy this <<
* Easy read, inspiring
* Detailed, very focussed.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This book is very sepecific to ACE. It contains very good information about Reactor, Connector,Acceptor and Service patterns. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2002
It's a great topic for a book - concurrent network programming.
Although the documented patterns suit server and client applications, I would have prefered to see them treated... Read more
Builds extensively upon the foundations laid out by the previous POSA book, and Design Patterns from the notorious "Gang of Four". Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2001 by Amazon Customer
This is a unique book. Design philosophy, programming skills,technical details and use community support all come together in one formula. Read morePublished on April 23 2001 by Defang Zhou
If your intention is writing a network, concurrent application, the book is both a place to start and the best reference when trying to design your application. Read morePublished on March 6 2001 by Kobi Cohen
I am an newcomer for patterns, not sure patterns should be transparent to implementation languages. But this book definitely focus on C++. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2001 by ztang
This is an excellent book on patterns and software design. The patterns are described clearly and completely. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2001 by JOHN A CAWKWELL
I've just finished reading through this book and I can't say enough good things about it! The patterns are great; the structure of the book *and* the patterns is impressive -- a... Read morePublished on Dec 13 2000 by Linda Rising
What makes this book so fascinating and useful is the fact that patterns and frameworks are discussed in the context of a thriving real-world development project. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2000 by Bennett R. Stabile
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