Uses of pattern language in the urban century

Jon Udell: I’ve long been familiar with the idea of software patterns. But I didn’t connect it to its roots in the architectural writings of Christopher Alexander until I recently listened to Kent Beck’s keynote at the 2008 Rails conference. Kent was deeply influenced by The Timeless Way of Building. That book wasn’t available in my local library. But the companion volume, A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction, was. It’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.

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Date added: 02/16/2010


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