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Design patterns are solutions to software design problems you find again and again in real-world application development.
I hadn’t recognized this as a pattern before you suggested it, thanks. Now when I identified it I see this pattern in use all the time: Gmail, Twitter search, Google Docs etc. But, is this a UI design pattern, or AJAX /coding pattern instead? Or, is this a pattern at all, or rather just part of other patterns? Those are few things I need to consider before turning this idea into a pattern. One more thing: I’m going to focus now more on patterns people need when they make early sketches of the UI, and this pattern is a bit out of the scope.
In software engineering, a design pattern is a general repeatable solution to a commonly occurring problem in software design. A design pattern isn't a finished design that can be transformed directly into code. It is a description or template for how to solve a problem that can be used in many different situations.
I am writing the following in spite of the fact that most regular Wiki visitors could have done it better, just to get this page started. Please improve (by editing instead of commenting, if possible, to keep things simple). -- FalkBruegmann Patterns are a way to analyze solutions to recurring problems , make them reusable and communicate them. Patterns are a way of thinking.
Design Pattern Tutorials The following are electronic versions of tutorials on patterns . Pattern-Oriented Distributed Software Architectures . This tutorial is based on material in several volumes of the Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture series. Many patterns from POSA1, POSA2, and POSA4 are presented in this tutorial.