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Refactoring to Patterns (Addison-Wesley Signature Series) (edition 2004)

by Joshua Kerievsky

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Title:Refactoring to Patterns (Addison-Wesley Signature Series)
Authors:Joshua Kerievsky
Info:Addison-Wesley Professional (2004), Hardcover, 400 pages
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Unfortunately I can't escape that I believe patterns are bullshit. As an IT professional (though perhaps an ignorant one) I have never been convinced by patterns. In my experience they are not directly reproducible in code, or tied to concepts or limitations for particular languages such as Java, or practised to an obsessive degree by enthusiasts who see patterns in everything ("patterns happy" as the author of this book describes it). So with this bias in mind, on with the review.

The book is divided into two sections. The first of these explains the author's motivations and suggested code smells and why one might want to refactor code. This was all very readable and sensible.

The second part was a long catalogue of patterns for refactoring, with step by step instructions and suggestions. This was where the book lost me. The code examples are in Java; many of the patterns aim to rectify the object-oriented house of cards from coding in that language. After a while I just got bored. The book seemed worthy and I wanted it to open my mind about patterns, but it stayed shut. ( )
  questbird | Apr 2, 2017 |
This is a thoroughly useful book. It breaks no truly new ground but can be treated as an extended meditation (with highly practical expresdion) on the GoF patterns and Fowler's Refactoring, bringing more detail to the context for the former - especially the situations which call for the deployment of the patterns - and longer examples of the process covered in the latter. ( )
  jsburbidge | Jun 11, 2016 |
Interesting read after experimenting with the approaches in the Gang of Four book. This one chooses a somewhat more hands on approach, but I feel that the motivation behind the refactorings becomes a bit blurry. ( )
  ludovicofischer | Dec 18, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0321213351, Hardcover)

In 1994, Design Patterns changed the landscape of object-oriented development by introducing classic solutions to recurring design problems. In 1999, Refactoring revolutionized design by introducing an effective process for improving code. With the highly anticipated Refactoring to Patterns, Joshua Kerievsky has changed our approach to design by forever uniting patterns with the evolutionary process of refactoring.

This book introduces the theory and practice of pattern-directed refactorings: sequences of low-level refactorings that allow designers to safely move designs to, towards, or away from pattern implementations. Using code from real-world projects, Kerievsky documents the thinking and steps underlying over two dozen pattern-based design transformations. Along the way he offers insights into pattern differences and how to implement patterns in the simplest possible ways.

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A catalog of twenty-seven pattern-directed refactorings, featuring real-world code examples Descriptions of twelve design smells that indicate the need for this book’s refactorings General information and new insights about patterns and refactoring Detailed implementation mechanics: how low-level refactorings are combined to implement high-level patterns Multiple ways to implement the same pattern–and when to use each Practical ways to get started even if you have little experience with patterns or refactoring

Refactoring to Patterns reflects three years of refinement and the insights of more than sixty software engineering thought leaders in the global patterns, refactoring, and agile development communities. Whether you’re focused on legacy or “greenfield” development, this book will make you a better software designer by helping you learn how to make important design changes safely and effectively.

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"This book introduces the theory and practice of pattern-directed refactorings: sequences of low-level refactorings that allow designers to safely move designs to, towards, or away from pattern implementations. Using code from real-world projects, Kerievsky documents the thinking and steps underlying over two dozen pattern-based design transformations. Along the way he offers insights into pattern differences and how to implement patterns in the simplest possible ways.". "Refactoring to Patterns reflects three years of refinement and the insights of more than sixty software engineering thought leaders in the global patterns, refactoring, and agile development communities. Whether you're focused on legacy or 'greenfield' development, this book will make you a better software designer by helping you learn how to make important design changes safely and effectively."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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