Jon Udell: Iâ€™ve long been familiar with the idea of software patterns. But I didnâ€™t connect it to its roots in the architectural writings of Christopher Alexander until I recently listened to Kent Beckâ€™s keynote at the 2008 Rails conference. Kent was deeply influenced by The Timeless Way of Building. That book wasnâ€™t available in my local library. But the companion volume, A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction, was. Itâ€™s been a revelation to read it for the first time, more than thirty years after it was published, through lenses formed by my experience with software and networks.
Date added: 02/16/2010Patternthinking